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David Samuel Williams

Born and raised in Germany. Studied in Manchester and Hamburg, spent some time in South Africa and Mauritius. Currently conducting a Fellowship in Istanbul to examine the inclusion of those most affected by climate change impacts in municipal and national adaptation plans. Research interests include climate change, adaptation, urbanization, city planning and inequality. Other than that, I really enjoy reading and writing, and trying not to take myself too seriously (with limited success). You can get in touch with me at david.williams@posteo.net



2020-present Mercator Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University

2017-2020 Scientific researcher at Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)

2015-2016 Research assistant at Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)



2017-present PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Hamburg (dissertation submitted)

2014-2017 M.Sc. Geography: Global Transformation and Environmental Change, University of Hamburg

2010-2014 B.Sc. Geography, University of Salford, Manchester


Academic publications

Williams, Celliers, Unverzagt, Videira, Manez Costa, Giordano (2020). A method for enhancing capacity of local governance for climate change adaptation. Earth's Future, 8, 1-16

Williams, Rosendo, Sadasing, Celliers (2020). Identifying local governance capacity needs for implementing climate change adaptation in Mauritius. Climate Policy, 20(5), 548-562

Williams (2020). Enhancing autonomy for climate change adaptation using participatory modelling. Weather, Climate and Society, 12(4), 667-678

Williams, Manez Costa, Kovalevsky, van den Hurk, Klein, Meissner, Pulido-Velazquez, Andreu, Suarez Alminana (2020). A method for assessing user capacities for effective climate services. Climate Services, 19, 1-10

Williams, Manez Costa, Sutherland, Celliers, Scheffran (2019). Vulnerablitiy of informal settlements in the context of rapid urbanization and climate change. Environment and Urbanization, 31(1), 157-176

Williams, Manez Costa, Celliers, Sutherland (2018). Informal settlements and flooding: identifying strengths and weaknesses in local governance for water management. Water, 10, 871-892


Non-academic publications

Manifestation of climate injustice. Africa's a country (2019)

How those researching adaptation to climate change might reduce their own carbon footprints. Nature (2019)

Stepping out of my scientific bubble in the search for policy impact. Anthroposphere: the Oxford Climate Review (2019)

Istanbul is yours - urban plannung in an authoritarian state. Zenith (2020) (German version)

A champion of adaptation and resilience. Resilience (2021)



EU COST Action on drylands facing change - interdisciplinary research on climate change, food insecurity, and political instability

Expert review of the Working Group II contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Associate member of International Platform for Adaptation Metrics (IPAM), global interdisciplinary research project initiated under the UNFCCC


Fellowships and awards

Mercator IPC Fellowship at the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University (2020)

Best Research Blog in "Global Sustainability" awarded by the German committee of Future Earth (2018)

Kerry Worthington Award for Best Performance in Geography at the University of Salford, Manchester (2014)



photos and text by myself