Darlington is part of a team of researchers from University of Cape Town and Arizona State University (USA) who are currently working on a research project titled Accelerating Climate Adaptation via Meso-Level Integration (ACAMI) funded by Gates Foundation. The project seeks to analyse the role played by intermediary organisations in climate change adaptation with a special focus on small scale producers in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. He is also part of a team a team of researchers in the process of completing a UKRI-funded project titled Transforming Social Inequalities Through Inclusive Climate Action (TSITICA). . He is a Co-Chair of Adaptation Network (AN)of South Africa’s Policy and Climate Finance Committee. Darlington also remains an active member Alumni of the Africa Centres of Excellence funded by DAAD. Previously, he worked at the Institute for Poverty Land & Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) on Water Research Commission-funded Projects. Darlington has a PHD in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies from the University of the Western Cape. Darlington also worked for the Western Cape Education Department and Ministry of Education (Zimbabwe).