Katherine Laycock is a Research Associate with OCSDNet, based in Waterloo,
Canada and Manila, Philippines. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of
Waterloo, School of Planning and is a recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Previously, Katherine earned a MSc degree in Capacity Development & Extension and
International Development Studies from the University of Guelph where she investigated
community cohesion, vulnerability, and capacity building following natural disaster.
Katherine will be a visiting researcher for the Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance at
De La Salle University, Philippines in 2016 and has previously worked on research projects
for Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) and the United Nations University—Institute for Water,
Environment and Health (UNU-IWEH). She also completed a six-month, CIDA-funded
internship in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was an Armed Conflicts Report Intern for Project
Ploughshares in Waterloo. Her current research seeks to identify systemic barriers in local
information and communication mechanisms so as to advance environmental planning for
climate change adaptation in complex urban areas in the Philippines. More specifically, she
is investigating efficient communication between civil society organizations, development
organizations, and local government structures to understand how they interpret and
disseminate climate change needs and apply available knowledge and collaborations to
adaptation practices within their environments.