Julia Davies

Research Scientist, AIR International Resilience Lab

Dr. Julia Davies is a Research Scientist at the Arizona Institute for Resilience International Resilience Lab. She works on the USAID-funded Climate Adaptation Research Program (CARP), which aims to foster a new generation of researchers in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands who focus on the impacts and implications of climate change for disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and strategies. Originally from South Africa, Julia works closely with the CARP partners from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. 

Julia earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona, with her dissertation focusing on urban food system transformations and governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Julia was based at the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative, where she worked as a Senior Research Assistant on the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions project. Her research portfolio incorporates qualitative and quantitative approaches to studying a variety of topics related to food systems, food security, rural-urban linkages, governance, and climate change adaptation in Africa. 


  • PhD, Geography, University of Arizona
  • MSc, Climate and Development, University of Cape Town
  • BS, Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town