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Dr. Wame Lucretia Hambira

Dr W.L. Hambira

Okavango Research Institute

Senior Research Scholar

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  • PhD Geography (Tourism & Climate change policy), University of Oulu, Finland.
  • MSc Environmental Economics, University of York, United Kingdom 
  • Bachelor of Arts Social Sciences (Economics & Environmental Science), University of Botswana 

Dr Hambira is a Senior Research Scholar in Climate change Adaptation with the Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana (UB). Her research interests include sustainable tourism, tourism and climate change nexus, private sector sustainability practices, resilience of tourism dependent communities to environmental shocks, as well as analysis of national and regional policy frameworks in the context of Sustainable Development and Green Economy. She has published widely in well known international academic journals including Tourism Review International, African Geographical Review, Development Southern Africa, and the International Journal of Tourism Policy. Dr Hambira has also worked for UB as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science delivering courses in Human Geography and Natural Resources Economics. Apart from the University of Botswana, Dr Hambira has also worked for Conservation International (CI), an international NGO which serves as the secretariat for the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Government Liaison and Policy Manager at CI, Dr Hambira's portfolio entailed analyzing national and sub-regional policy frameworks to identify gaps in mainstreaming natural capital accounting, biodiversity conservation and Green Economy. She started her career as a civil servant with the National Conservation Strategy Agency (Now Department of Environmental Affairs) mainly dealing with Environmental Assessments.  

  • Human Geography 
  • Environment & Development 
  • Natural Resources Economics 
  • Environmental Policy and Assessments 

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Climate change adaptation 
  • Sustainable Development 
  • Green Economy 
  • Community livelihoods and resilience 

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable Development 
  • Green Economy
  • Community livelihoods resilience

  • Hambira, W.L. Saarinen, J. & Moses, O. (2020) Climate change policy in a world of uncertainty: Changing environment, knowledge and tourism in Botswana. African Geographical Review. DOI:
  • Hambira Wame L & Saarinen Jarkko (2015): Policy-makers’ perceptions of the tourism–climate change nexus: Policy needs and constraints in Botswana, Development Southern Africa, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2015.1010716
  • Hambira Wame L., Saarinen, J., Manwa, H. and Atlhopheng, J. (2013). Climate Change Adaptation Practices in Nature-Based Tourism in Maun in the Okavango Delta Area, Botswana: How Prepared Are the Tourism Businesses? Tourism Review International,.17(1), 19-29. 
  • Hambira, Wame L. (2011). Screening for Climate change vulnerability in Botswana’s tourism sector in the bid to explore suitable adaptation measures and policy implications: A case study of the Okavango Delta. International Journal of Tourism Policy,  4(1),

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