Nivedita Joshi

External Consultant | njoshi at iihs dot ac dot in


2019    MSc, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2013    BA (Hons), Economics, Adelphi University, New York



Countries: India, South Africa, Namibia
States: Maharashtra, Western Cape, Omusati Region
Cities: Pune, Cape Town
Languages: English, Hindi, German

Nivedita received her BA in Economics with a focus on Environmental Economics, from Adelphi University, New York, and thereafter her MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Hailing from the Global South, the contrast between the developed and developing world became starkly evident and piqued her interest in developmental economics and adaptation. She was able to explore this during her stint at Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) where she conducted research on adaptation in semi-arid regions of North Central Namibia, with a focus on livelihood vulnerabilities due to climate change.


In her free time, Nivedita enjoys hiking, travelling and painting. She also enjoys friendly football banter and is a diehard Arsenal fan.

Books/ Book Chapters

  • Davies, J., Spear, D., Chappel, A., Joshi, N., Togarepi, C., & Kunamwene, I. (2019). Considering religion and radition in climate smart agriculture: Insights from Namibia. In T. Rosenstock, A. Nowak & E. Girvetz (Eds.), The climate-smart agriculture papers (pp. 187–197). Springer.


Other Writing

  • Joshi, N. (2021). Barriers to selling livestock in the face of drought in the Omusati Region of North Central Namibia [Master’s thesis, University of Cape Town]. OpenUCT.