Sharing knowledge across disciplines to build resilience and manage risk

Interdisciplinary training and development

The Walker Academy is the capacity development arm of the Walker Institute at the University of Reading, with interdisciplinary thinking and practice at its heart.  We deliver immersive courses to NGOs, Government Agencies, Academic & Research Partners, as well as to individuals - internationally and in the UK.

Climate variability and change pose a huge global risk, impacting on all aspects of life. Responding to multiple challenges requires the integrated, interdisciplinary approach which is embedded in courses developed by the Academy.

A selection of current courses is listed below. Others can be co-produced to create bespoke courses which suit the needs of our partners. 

The Walker Institute also welcomes PhD enquiries relating to interdisciplinary research into climate & impacts on Livelihoods.

Please contact Walker Institute for further details


COP Climate Action Studio (COP CAS) provides a dedicated space in which attendees can remotely participate in real time in the most significant yearly event in the climate policy calendar -the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Support from a research communications professional gives exposure to the latest ideas in policy and practise ,as well as developing key skills around interdisciplinary working and communications - enhancing ability to work with users of research.


ASPIRE Adaptive Social Protection Training (ASPT) is a course which enables Social Protection (SP) stakeholders to make better use of climate and livelihoods information to support SP decision making which builds livelihood resilience to drought, flood and other climate shocks. It provides enhanced training in data collection and analysis and update interdisciplinary curricula in training institutions.


The Climate Services Academy (CSAT) is an interdisciplinary training & development course which trains producers of climate related information from diverse sectors (such as disaster, water, agriculture health & energy) in synthesis evidence. It provides practitioners with practical real-world experience of the synthesis of research into evidence to inform policy and business decision-making.

Household Economy Methodology

Foundational livelihood measurement and modelling course. The Household Economy Approach (HEA) and the Individual Household Method (IHM) are methods of assessing household economic vulnerability to shocks and changes and this course provides a good introduction. Delivered by Evidence for Development, a partner of the Academy, the course also introduces Evidence for Development’s O-HEA and O-IHM open source analytical software.