Claire van Wyk

Claire works in Coordination and also assists with the Networking, Visibility and Influencing portfolio. She has research interests in climate change communication, capacity building, training, RIU, and design thinking.

Claire completed her BSc. Hon degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of Cape Town. Her thesis investigated the triggering effect of extreme climatic events on mass movement, and looked at how the frequency of such events might change in the future. Claire’s MSc. thesis explored the effect of climate change and adaptation training workshops on participant knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes towards climate change and related issues. 

Claire has worked in various coordination and administrative roles at the University of Cape Town, and also completed a 1-year internship at the Climate System Analysis Group in 2013. She has worked in coordination at The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, and was one of the first graduates of the Foundations in Design Thinking programme.