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Jon is a social scientist with research interests in processes that can lead to increasingly equitable human development. This work cuts across the fields of development studies, human geography and environmental governance. He has a particular focus on community-based climate change adaptation and the governance of food and agriculture at different scales. Recently, this has translated into work on reconciling social science insights with the application of physical science to real-world problems, including the potential of participatory planning and social learning processes as a means of accounting for power and social justice in ‘resilient’ development. Jonathan has a background in human rights development practice that informs his work and his research interests remain applied and, as such, frequently interdisciplinary.
Jon is Co-Editor for the journal Climate and Development.
Ensor, J. E. Resilience Realities: Resilience and Development Practice in Vanuatu. Oxfam, Australia , 2016.
V Castán Broto, J Ensor, E Boyd, D Macucule (2014) ‘Participatory urban planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique’, UCL Press
J Ensor, R Berger, S Huq (eds.) ‘Lessons from Community Based Adaptation’ Practical Action Publishing, Rugby 2014.
V Castán Broto, E Boyd and J Ensor & S. Juhola. 'Partnerships for climate change in Maputo, Mozambique' in Retrofitting Cities: Priorities, Governance and Experimentation. Hodson, M. & Marvin, S. (eds.). London: Earthscan from Routledge, p. 232 250 2014
J Ensor, E Boyd, S Juhola and V Castán Broto ‘Building adaptive capacity in the informal settlements of Maputo: lessons for development from a resilience perspective’ in: Inderberg, T H, Eriksen, S, O’Brien, K and Sygna, L (eds.) Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Transforming Paradigms and Practices. Routledge 2014.
V Castán Broto, E Boyd and J Ensor ‘Governance of sustainable infrastructure in the context of climate change in cities in the Global South? The case of Maputo, Mozambique’ in: M Hodson and S Marvin (eds) Retrofitting Cities Taylor and Francis 2014.
J Ensor ‘Emerging lessons for community based adaptation’ in: J Ensor, R Berger, S Huq (eds.) ‘Lessons from Community Based Adaptation’ Practical Action Publishing, Rugby 2014
R Berger, J Ensor, K Wilson, I Phukan, S Dasgupta ‘Adaptive Capacity’ in Ayers, J., Schipper, L., Reid, H., Huq, S., and Rahman, A Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change: Scaling it up. Routledge, 2014.
Ensor, J. , Forrester, J. and Matin, N. (2018), Bringing rights into resilience: revealing complexities of climate risks and social conflict. Disasters. doi:10.1111/disa.12304
Thomalla, F., Boyland, M., Johnson, K., Ensor, J., Tuhkanen, H., Swartling, Å. G., Han, G., Forrester, J. & Wahl, D. (2018) Transforming development and disaster risk. Sustainability, 10(5). 1458. 10.3390/su10051458
Matin, N.,Forrester, J. & Ensor, J. E. (2018) What is equitable resilience? World Development, 109. 197–205. ISSN 0305-750X. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.04.020
Massarella, K., Sallu, S. M., Ensor, J. E. & Marchant, R. (2018) REDD+, hype, hope and disappointment: The dynamics of expectations in conservation and development pilot projects.
World Development, 109. 375–85. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.05.006
Ensor, J. E., Abernethy, K., Hoddy, E. T., Aswani, S., Albert, S., Vaccaro, I., Benedict, J. & Beare, D. Variation in perception of environmental changes in nine Solomon Islands communities: implications for securing fairness in community-based adaptation. (2017) Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1242-1
Ensor, J. E., Park, S. E., Attwood, S. J., Kaminski, A. M. & Johnson, J. E. Can community-based adaptation increase resilience?
15. 2016 Climate and Development. DOI:10.1080/17565529.2016.1223595
Ensor, J., Harvey, B., 2015. Social learning and climate change adaptation: evidence for international development practice. WIREs Climate Change doi:10.1002/wcc.348
J Ensor, S Park, E Hoddy, B Ratner ‘A rights-based perspective on adaptive capacity’ Global Environmental Change 31, 2015: 38–49. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.12.005
V Castán Broto, E Boyd, J Ensor ‘Participatory urban planning for climate change adaptation in coastal cities: lessons from a pilot’ Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, 2015: 11-18. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2014.12.005
V Castán Broto, D A Macucule, E Boyd, J Ensor ‘Building collaborative partnerships for climate change action in Maputo, Mozambique’ Environment and Planning A 47, 571–587. doi:10.1068/a140070p