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Lucy Faulkner

Lucy Faulkner joined Itad in 2018 as a Consultant in the Climate Change theme and was promoted to Senior Consultant in 2019. She has ten years’ experience in community resilience and adaptation research, monitoring and evaluation, project planning and design, knowledge management and capacity building in both developing and developed countries including across Africa and Asia.

Upon joining Itad, Lucy worked on the DFID BRACED programme as Team Leader of the Monitoring and Results Reporting team. She is now Project Manager and Evaluator on our independent evaluation of the World Bank Adaptive Social Protection programme (ASP) in the Sahel. Lucy is also Project Manager for Ideas to Impact (DFID Innovation Prizes for Environment and Development).

Prior to joining Itad, Lucy was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter, leading qualitative research for a DFID-ESRC funded project focusing on safe and sustainable cities. She has experience in using mixed methods in research and evaluation, although typically specialises in qualitative and participatory approaches. Lucy is also experienced in training and facilitation of monitoring and evaluation tools and frameworks and in knowledge sharing and learning for diverse stakeholders. She has worked with a range of research institutes, INGOs, universities, multilateral agencies and UK government departments. Lucy has a PhD in community resilience, an MRes in Environment, Energy & Resilience from the University of Exeter, and an MA in Development & Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes. Lucy was a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Group II, and has a range of publications on community resilience, community-based adaptation to climate change, monitoring and evaluation and development in peer review journals, working papers and books.

Nationality: British
Languages: English
Country Experience:

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa


2014 - 2018
PhD. Community Resilience
University of Exeter
2013 - 2014
MRes. Environment, Energy and Resilience (Distinction)
University of Exeter
2010 - 2012
MA. Development and Emergency Practice (Distinction)
Oxford Brookes University
1998 - 2001
BA. Ancient History Hons. (2.1)
University of Durham


2019 - present
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2018 - 2019
Itad Ltd.

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Exeter

2012 - 2017

2012 - 2013
International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)


Q-Methodology, University of Exeter.
Communicating research results to media, ESRC.
NVivo qualitative data analysis, QDAS.
Project Management in the Real World, Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd.
IBM SPSS Statistics, Independent Expert.
Developmental Evaluation, Michael Quinn Patton.
Participatory Evaluation, Robert Chambers and Mallika Samaranayake.
Research methods in developing country contexts, ICCCAD and IDS.
Equity-focused Evaluation, UNICEF/IOCE.
Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA), Oxford Brookes University.

Project Experience:

Safe and Sustainable Cities
(University of Exeter) - Postdoctoral Researcher
Led qualitative research as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for an ESRC-DFID funded project, Safe and Sustainable Cities in Chattogram, Bangladesh. Worked with migrant populations and city planners to explore human security, wellbeing and migration interactions, and to build empathy between stakeholders for city planning.
2014 - 2017
Transforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society – Mobilising Knowledge on Climate Variability with Communities in Northeast Bangladesh (TRACKS)
(Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen ) - Independent consultant
M&E advisor and Steering Committee member for the TRACKS project. Supported understanding of Theory of Change and provided input to project progress and design.
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)
(Plan International Myanmar ) - Independent consultant
Supported the design of Theory of Change and strengthened the overall M&E framework for the DFID-funded BRACED programme in Myanmar led by Plan International.
Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)
(The Young Foundation ) - Independent consultant
Supported interdisciplinary practitioners understand and map controversies surrounding M&E of effective climate adaptation projects and programmes as part of the EU-funded EMAPS research project.
(WorldFish Center Bangladesh ) - Independent evaluator
Developed a Theory of Change and accompanying M&E framework for a two and a half year pilot project by WorldFish Center Bangladesh on climate risk management strategies for farmers in South-west Bangladesh as part of the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme.
Harnessing Coping Strategies via a Holistic Approach for Community Adaptation to Climate Change
(United Nations Development Programme ) - Lead evaluator
Used a theory-based approach to assess the effectiveness of the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme community-based adaptation project in Namibia in order to recommend how to scale up best practice to national policy level.
Building Resilience to Climate Change Risk
(Save the Children International ) - Independent consultant
Mainstreamed climate change adaptation into multi-sectoral M&E frameworks at project level and designed a guidebook supporting M&E implementation for Save the Children International. Also facilitated workshops to enhance the capacity of senior managers in Bangladesh on climate change adaptation M&E.
The Pastoral Livelihoods Initiative (Phase II)
(Save the Children Ethiopia ) - Researcher for International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Assessed how a four-year consortium-led participatory natural resource management project headed by Save the Children supported 205,000 pastoralists living in Oromia, Somali and Afar in Ethiopia to adapt to climate change.
2012 - 2013
Action Research for Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB)
(International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) ) - Lead researcher and research coordinator
Led research on M&E for community-based adaptation (CBA). Involved in the initial design of the ARCAB M&E for CBA methodology; piloted the ARCAB M&E approach across 12 INGO community-based adaptation projects in five different ecosystem zones in Bangladesh; designed Theories of Change to inform project planning and design; developed M&E frameworks and baseline data; and facilitated collaboration, learning and capacity building on M&E for CBA between Northern and Southern research and INGO partners, for international INGO and Government stakeholders by facilitating ICCCAD short courses on M&E for CBA, and through relevant publications and research dissemination at national and international workshops and conferences. Also involved in project management as research coordinator for ARCAB. Involved in all areas of project design and execution including planning, implementation, M&E, communications and publications, and staff management.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
(Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland ) - Independent evaluator
Developed an M&E framework for an AusAid funded disaster risk and climate change adaptation project in Somaliland. Also designed a participatory Theory of Change with community up to government level stakeholders to inform Save the Children’s future long-term resilience programming.
Assistance to Local Communities on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Scaling up Community-based Adaptation with Local Government in Bangladesh
(ActionAid Bangladesh ) - Lead evaluator
Used the ARCAB M&E approach for community-based adaptation to assess the effectiveness of ActionAid Bangladesh’s flagship community-based adaptation projects in Sirajgang, Patuakhali, Naogaon and Faridpur. Also enhanced the capacity of INGO staff in community-based adaptation evaluation through participatory training workshops.


  • Analyzing community resilience as an emergent property of dynamic social-ecological systems. (2018)
    Ecology and Society 23 (1): 24.
    Faulkner, L., Brown, K., Quinn, T.

  • Multiple communities, one reef: redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world. (2017)
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
    Gurney, G., Adams, H., Adger, N., Blythe, J., Curnock, M., Faulkner, L., James, T., Marshall, N.

  • Meaningful measurement for community-based adaptation. (2015)
    D. Bours, C. McGinn, & P. Pringle (Eds.), Monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation: A review of the landscape. New Directions for Evaluation 147: 89–104.
    Faulkner, L., Ayers, J., Huq, S.

  • Assessing how participatory/community-based natural resource management initiatives contribute to climate change adaptation in Ethiopia. (2015)
    W. Leal Filho (Eds.) Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, Volume III: Climate Change Adaptation, Agriculture and Water Security. Springer.
    Reid, H., and Faulkner, L.

  • Working Group II contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Coastal Systems and Low Lying Areas. (2014)
    Wong, P.P., I.J. Losada, J.-P. Gattuso, J. Hinkel, A. Khattabi, K.L. McInnes, Y. Saito, and A. Sallenger, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 361-409.