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Dr Hayley Leck

Hayley Leck

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Department of Geography
King's College London 
King's Building
Strand Campus

Research Interests

  • multi-level governance of climate adaptation

  • urban resilience and the social and policy elements of urban disaster risk.


Hayley is a Research Associate in the Geography Department at King’s College London. She is a lead researcher on the Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) Programme. Prior to joining King’s Hayley worked as a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Grantham Research Institute (GRI) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Hayley's PhD research focused on barriers and opportunities to adapting to climate change in the greater Durban city region of South Africa.

Her research falls under the broad discipline of development geography with a focus on the human dimensions of adaptation to global environmental/climate change. Her current research focuses on the governance of climate adaptation, urban resilience and the social and policy elements of urban disaster risk. She is particularly interested in understanding how individuals and societies in diverse contexts perceive and respond to environmental change and disasters and the institutional, social and other factors that influence capacities for adaptation and transformation at multiple scales.

Hayley holds a PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London

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