Staff Profiles

Dr Wame L. Hambira. PhD (University of Oulu, Finland), Msc (University of York, UK), BASS (University of Botswana)
Dr. Wame Lucretia Hambira
Senior Research Scholar (Climate Change Adaptation)
Okavango Research Institute

Dr Wame Lucretia Hambira joined the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) in December 2015 as a Senior Research Scholar in Climate Change Adaptation. Her main research agenda in this position entail: the understanding of social resilience in the Okavango basin, assessing effects of climate change on livelihoods and economy across the Okavango basin and in southern Africa, as well as identifying potential response trajectories to climate change in basin livelihoods and industry (e.g. ecotourism, agriculture and mining).
Prior to joining ORI, Wame worked for Conservation International (CI) as Environment Policy Manager where she served as a link between CI and Government of Botswana on matters related to the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). Her portfolio entailed analyzing national and sub-regional policy frameworks to identify gaps in mainstreaming natural capital accounting, biodiversity conservation and green economies. Her other previous assignments were with the Department of Environmental Science of the University of Botswana where she worked as a senior lecturer delivering courses in Natural Resources Economics and those related to Environment and Development. She started her carrier with Government of Botswana in the Department of Environmental Affairs (then National Conservation Strategy Coordinating Agency) where she dealt mainly with the review of Environmental Impact Assessment Statements.

Wame holds a PhD in Geography (Tourism & Climate Change) from the University of Oulu, Finland; an  MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of York (UK) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (Economics and Environmental Science) from the University of Botswana.

Current projects 

  • Analysing the resilience of tourism-dependent communities to climate change in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Principal Investigator (PI), funded by Office of Research & Development, UB)
  • Flooding impact and community response to flooding: a case of Gweta and Zoroga villages (co PI, funded by Office of Research & Development, UB)
  • Group solidarity, social capital and indigenous approaches to fund mobilisation: how rural women sustain their livelihoods in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (co PI)

Selected Publications 

  • Mogomotsi P.K., Mogomotsi G.E.J. & Hambira W.L. (2018): Paris agreement on climate change and Botswana’s Vision 2036: an examination of linkages. Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment, DOI:10.1080/10042857.2018.1438000
  • Hambira W.L. (2017). Botswana tourism operators and policy makers’ perceptions and responses to the tourism-climate change nexus: vulnerabilities and adaptations to climate change in Maun and Tshabong area. Oulu, Nodia Geographical publications, 46(2), ISBN 978-952-62-1629-4
  • 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), 51-65.
  • Hambira Wame L., (2007) “Natural Resources Accounting: A tool for water resources management in Botswana” Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 32/15-18, 1310-1314.