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Mélinda is based in Dakar, Senegal and works on climate vulnerability assessments for Senegal and the wider region as part of the Science-based adaptation planning in Sub-Saharan Africa project. She is also involved in developing and strengthening the science-policy interface through regular exchange with governmental agencies within Senegal to facilitate the use of scientific output in the adaptation planning of the country.
Prior to joining Climate Analytics in 2017, Mélinda worked as consultant in Senegal with government institutions and international organisations in Senegal on climate change impacts and climate policies. She is also Associate Researcher at the LARTES (http://lartes-ifan.org/2016/) and lecturer at Université Cheikh Anta Diop. She is specialised in the analysis of public policies for adaptation to climate change. She started her career in development and climate change with a NGO working on environmental refugees and mitigation. She also served the United Nations, as socio-economist working on climate change vulnerability of developing countries and adaptation programs.
Mélinda holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université Picardie Jules Verne (2015) and a Master’s Degree in Socio-Economic Development from the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne (2009). She did her post-doctoral fellowship in a Canadian participatory research program based in Québec at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. This post-doctoral position consisted in the analysis of the institutional framework for adaptation to climate change in Quebec’s coastal zone.
A list of her publications can be found here.