Dr Virginie Le Masson
Research Officer, Department of Social Development and Climate and Environment, Overseas Development Institute.
Virginie is a geographer whose research interests focus on gender, disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation/adaptation. Before joining ODI, Virginie worked with local Non-Governmental Organisations in the Philippines on participatory mapping projects with indigenous communities. She also assisted the French Red Cross disaster risk management program in Reunion Island, Indian Ocean. More recently, Virginie worked as a lecturer on a Study Abroad programme comparing climate-related policies in the US, Vietnam, Morocco and Bolivia.
The second part of our event will be a 20 minute panel discussion chaired by Professor Nick Clifford, Head of Department of Geography at King's College London, with:-
•Joel Gill (Director of Geology of Global development, PhD student at Geography Department, King's College London and Intrepid Explorers presenter)
•Virginie Le Masson (Research Officer Gender and Climate Change at the Overseas Development Institute whose thesis was based on disaster risk reduction in Ladakh)
•Malgorzata Skowronska (masters student at King's, member of Secret Peaks Expedition Series+ Intrepid Explorers presenter)
•Sally Daultrey (Director of Research Services, Ladakh International Centre)
•Ambassador Phunchok Stobdan (Founding President, Ladakh International Centre) - Joining the panel via Skype.
Our event begins with a screening of 'JUNGWA: The Broken Balance', a documentary about living with environmental change in the western Himalayas. Living with natural hazards is part of life in Ladakh : how much of the change is due to global warming is an active debate, among the communities in the mountains and for global science. In the film, Ladakhi writer-director Stanzin Dorjai Gya shares with us the varying concerns and perspectives of the people of Ladakh about the changes they are witnessing in their local environment.