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Young people ‘making it work’ in a changing climate

orcid-imageAnna BarfordAnna Barford

Anna Barford is the Principal Investigator of the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. During this project she was a Prince of Wales Fellow in Global Sustainability at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Anna now works at the International Labour Organization, while holding a Bye Fellowship in Geography at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She is an Advisor to Business Fights Poverty and an Associate of the Young Lives project.

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orcid-imagePaul MagimbiPaul Magimbi

Paul Magimbi is a Research Assistant at Makerere University, on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project and other projects too. Paul previously worked on climate change in his role at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a public policy think-tank based in Kampala, Uganda.

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orcid-imageAnthony Mugeere§Anthony Mugeere§§

Anthony Mugeere is a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Makerere University. His teaching focuses on sociology and rural development. Anthony was Co-Investigator on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. He is also a Research Fellow at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a public policy think-tank based in Kampala, Uganda.

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orcid-imageMollen NyiranezaMollen Nyiraneza

Mollen Nyiraneza is currently studying for her MA in Sociology at Makerere University. She was a Research Assistant at Makerere University for the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. An advocate for gender equality, Mollen is currently researching crises of masculinity among refugees in Uganda, having previously researched the role of men in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Mollen holds a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences from Makerere University.

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Benard Isiko**Benard Isiko****

Benard Isiko is a Research Co-ordinator on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project, based at the youth INGO Restless Development. Benard recruited, trained and supervised the young researchers involved with this project. He also led on major outreach and dissemination activities.

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orcid-imageCharles Mankhwazi††Charles Mankhwazi††††

Charles Mankhwazi was the Research Manager on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. Prior to joining the research team he was part of the Mastercard Foundation funded Youth Think Tank project.

Abstract

Globally, young people face weak labour market demand and have been particularly susceptible to recent livelihood stresses and shocks linked to climate change. In this article, we consider what happens when young people face intersecting challenges including climate change. While much of the literature focuses on barriers to work and how to break these, we consider young people’s struggles and successes in securing and maintaining work. The focus is on Uganda, demographically one of the world’s youngest countries and home to a largely ‘underemployed’ cohort of young people. Our findings identify some of the many ways in which climate change disrupts young people’s livelihoods. Young people are already proactively responding to climate change. This points to the need for other actors to learn from young people’s existing endeavours, to build in more support and opportunities, manage risk and insecurity, and construct a more climate change-resilient infrastructure.

Keywords

Ugandaclimate changeinterviewsurveyshocksstressesworklivelihood
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Published on: 2 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 3
Article ID: 173
Pages:173 - 197
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Barford with Magimbi, Mugeere, Nyiraneza, Isiko, Mankhwazi (2023), ' Young people ‘making it work’ in a changing climate ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 3): 173 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s3.173

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Anna Barford is the Principal Investigator of the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. During this project she was a Prince of Wales Fellow in Global Sustainability at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Anna now works at the International Labour Organization, while holding a Bye Fellowship in Geography at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She is an Advisor to Business Fights Poverty and an Associate of the Young Lives project.

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orcid-imagePaul MagimbiPaul Magimbi

Paul Magimbi is a Research Assistant at Makerere University, on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project and other projects too. Paul previously worked on climate change in his role at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a public policy think-tank based in Kampala, Uganda.

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orcid-imageAnthony Mugeere§Anthony Mugeere§§

Anthony Mugeere is a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Makerere University. His teaching focuses on sociology and rural development. Anthony was Co-Investigator on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. He is also a Research Fellow at the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a public policy think-tank based in Kampala, Uganda.

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orcid-imageMollen NyiranezaMollen Nyiraneza

Mollen Nyiraneza is currently studying for her MA in Sociology at Makerere University. She was a Research Assistant at Makerere University for the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. An advocate for gender equality, Mollen is currently researching crises of masculinity among refugees in Uganda, having previously researched the role of men in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Mollen holds a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences from Makerere University.

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Benard Isiko**Benard Isiko****

Benard Isiko is a Research Co-ordinator on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project, based at the youth INGO Restless Development. Benard recruited, trained and supervised the young researchers involved with this project. He also led on major outreach and dissemination activities.

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orcid-imageCharles Mankhwazi††Charles Mankhwazi††††

Charles Mankhwazi was the Research Manager on the ‘Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Seizing their Future’ research project. Prior to joining the research team he was part of the Mastercard Foundation funded Youth Think Tank project.