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Applications open for Livelihood Data Analysis Course

Monday, December 7, 2020

The global food system is facing multiple shocks, from pandemics to the increasing frequency of extreme weather events due to climate change. At the same time, there is persistent inequality in food distribution, with millions of people undernourished globally. How can we build a food system that is resilient to shocks, supports farmer livelihoods and improves food security globally?

People are integral to the food system. Modelling the impacts of climate change on crops and developing new crop varieties is one piece of the puzzle, but how do these results relate to people’s livelihoods, their ability to adopt new farming practices and their food security on the ground? Linking information on crop vulnerability to information on people’s vulnerability – their livelihoods, what they produce, consume and sell – is a key part of understanding the food system's vulnerability to shocks.

Applications are now open for the Assessing Livelihood Vulnerability to Extreme Shocks (ALiVE) course. The course will teach you how quantitative data on people's livelihoods can be collected, analysed and integrated in an interdisciplinary framework with information from food and climate science, to support an integrated analysis of food system resilience. Through a combination of interactive exercises, group and pair work, videos, expert panels and presentations, you will have the opportunity to analyse livelihoods data for yourself, consider its application in your own research and learn how to set up and implement a field-based study.

The course will run over three days from the 19th to the 21st of January 2021. Each day, there will be two, two-hour sessions: a morning session from 10:00 until 12:00 and an afternoon session from 13:00 until 15:00. There will be homework set each day that will take around an hour to complete.


Duration: 3 days – 2 x two-hour sessions per day

Dates: 19th-21st January 2021

Location: The course will be held entirely online. Teaching will take place via Zoom with course materials made available on the Walker Academy

Cost: £996.00


There are only 15 spaces available on the course so please apply soon to avoid disappointment! To do so, email the Walker Academy ( with your name, research topic/area, and the reasons why you want to do this course. The deadline for applications is Friday the 18th of December.