Academic joins climate research group

FNU academic Dr Ravita Prasad with the FNU vice chancellor’s Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence Award she received in 2020. Picture: SUPPLIED

An academic from the Fiji National University (FNU) has been selected into the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.

Dr Ravita Prasad will also participate in the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November.

The cohort, a partnership between the Association of Commonwealth Universities and British Council, brings together 26 young researchers from 14 different countries to develop research skills and knowledge through a series of virtual workshops.

“I am looking forward to meeting other participants and learn more about their area of research and interests,” she said.

“Being a participant at COP26 will allow me to learn to understand other participants’ experiences in climate research.”

Dr Prasad said the research cohort would also give her an opportunity to be mentored by experts in specialised research areas.

“Professionally, it will build my network with other researchers in the same field as mine.

“It will develop my research leadership skills together with my expertise on how to conduct research-to-action projects.”

FNU pro vice chancellor Research Professor Mohini Singh said climate change was an important topic for Fiji and Dr Prasad would gain “substantial experience and knowledge”.

“I am very proud to see an early career researcher from the FNU being selected and funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and British Council to represent Fiji at this international research cohort and the United Nations COP26 Conference 2021,” she said.

Dr Prasad, who teaches at FNU’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology, also scooped the FNU vice chancellor’s Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence Award in 2020.

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