Giovanna Gioli joined ICIMOD as Livelihood Adaptation Specialist in July 2015. Dr Gioli earned her MA in political philosophy from the University of Pisa, Italy, an MSc in migration studies London School of Economics, UK, and her PhD in philosophy and anthropology from the University of Parma, Italy. Before joining ICIMOD, she was a post-doctoral scientist at the Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg where her research revolved around the migration, environment, and development nexus in Pakistan. She supervised several masters and PhD students and organised international workshops and conferences.
Dr Gioli served as a consultant to the Center for Environmental Policy (Imperial College London) on a project on rural adaptation and food security of smallholder farmers in Tanzania, to the Climate Service Centre (German Federal Government) on the nexus between migration and climate change, and to the United Nations World Water Assessment Program (UN WWAP), where she was part of the working group on 'Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting'. She also worked for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on a project on water conflict at the subnational scale in Pakistan. Dr Gioli’s work draws on political ecology, participatory research, and community-based adaptation approaches. She has spent extended periods doing fieldwork and capacity building in South Asia and has authored several publications on climate adaptation and climate justice, gender, and migration.