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Emma Visman



Senior Researcher


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Emma Visman combines operational experience with practical policy development. She worked for Save the children from 1991-1997, before joining the foreign affairs group, Saferworld, where she led a project on EU conflict prevention in East Africa. She subsequently worked for a range of NGOs, government agencies and policy think tanks, before joining the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s College London in 2005 as Futures Group Manager. Emma was a NERC KE Fellow from 2011-2014, strengthening engagement between climate scientists and humanitarian and policy development policymakers and practitioners.

From 2014 she been an independent consultant, while from 2017 she has been combining a part-time role as Senior Researcher with King's for the DFID SHEAR-funded Forecast Based Preparedness and Action (ForPAc) project in Kenya, with long-term consultancies across a range of projects where she provides risk communication, monitoring, evaluation and learning and stakeholder engagement support.

With King's, she supports three multi-stakeholder projects: BRACED-funded consortia in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia and the Linking Preparedness, Response and Resilience project. Emma also works with the DFID FCFA-funded African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis-2050 (AMMA 2050) consortium project and continues engagement with a range of Met Office projects including in Kenya, Tanzania and the East Africa region.

Research interests
  • Risk communication
  • Supporting the development of systematic approaches to monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Approaches for supporting effective dialogue between scientists, policymakers, practitioners and at risk people
  • Dialogues for disaster anticipation and resilience

Select publications:

Visman, E, Shaka, A, Wachana, C, Githungo, W, Guide: Developing a County Climate Information Services Plan

Visman, E, Oduor, B., Shaka, A., Wachana, C., Kusewa, C., Gibson, G., and Lim, S., Developing a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework which can support the creation of decentralised Climate Information Services: Learning from the WISER Western project in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya

Visman, E., Pelling, M., Audia, C., Rigg, S., Crowley, F. and Tyler, F. (2016) Learning to support co-production: Approaches for practical collaboration and learning between at risk groups, humanitarian and development practitioners, policymakers, scientists and academics, Learning paper #3, King’s College London/BRACED

Visman, E and Kniveton, D. (2016) ‘Building Capacity to Use Risk Information Routinely in Decision Making Across Scales’, written contribution to ‘Solving the risk: Innovating to reduce the risk’, GFDRR, pp97-100

Graham, R., Visman, E., Wade, S., Amato, R., Bain, C., Janes, T., Leathes, B., Lumbroso, D., Cornforth, R., Boyd, E. and Parker, D. (2015). ‘Scoping, Options Analysis and Design of a ‘Climate Information and Services Programme’ for Africa (CIASA): Literature Review”, Evidence on Demand

Kniveton, D.R., Visman, E., Tall, A., Diop Kane, M., Ewbank, R. and Pearson, L., (2015) ‘Dealing with uncertainty: Integrating local and scientific knowledge of the climate and weather’, Disasters Volume 39 Supplement 1 Visman, E (2014) ‘The power of knowledge exchange: unlocking the potential of science and technology to enhance community resilience’, Overseas Development Institute Humanitarian Policy Network Paper 76 Dialogues for disaster anticipation and resilience

Duncan, M., Crowley, K., Cornforth, R., Edwards, S., Ewbank, R., Karbassi, P., McLaren, C, Penya, J.L., Obrecht, A., Sargeant, S., Visman, E. (2014) ‘Integrating science into humanitarian and development planning and practice to enhance community resilience: initial guidance for non-governmental organisations

Challinor, A.J. and Visman, E. (2014) LWEC Policy and Practice Notes No5, ‘Climate impacts: taking action in the face of uncertainty’, Living with Environmental Change, Policy Practice Note 5


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