Sett, Dominic

Project Associate

UNU Publications
Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Dominic Sett
    Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section (VARMAP) & Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

    Research Interests

    • Adaptive Social Protection
    • Climate change adaptation
    • Social-psychological factors for adaptation
    • Urban Water Scarcity


    • M.Sc. Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS) & University of Bonn
    • B.Sc. Geography, University of Bonn


    • 03/2018-05/2019: Student Assistant in VARMAP section; working on: social protection and its links to risk reduction in order to assess future risks, update of the InsuRisk Assessment tool for identifying countries’ risk as well as their readiness for insurance solutions
    • 05/2019-11/2019: Research Assistant in VARMAP, mainly working on ZURES project on vulnerability to heat stress in Bonn, including analysis of household survey and partly supporting KIRMin project on critical infrastructure resilience and IKI proposal on transformative urban coalitions

    Biographical Statement

    Dominic Sett is a Project Associate for the Adaptive Social Protection project, which is jointly coordinated by VARMAP and MCII at UNU-EHS. After completing his Bachelor’s in Geography at the University of Bonn, Dominic started the joint Master’s programme ‘Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security’ offered by UNU-EHS and the University of Bonn. He recently graduated and wrote his thesis on the role of social-psychological factors in the adoption of rainwater harvesting as a measure of adapting to water scarcity in Cape Town, for which he was awarded the Young Professionals “Preparedness 2030” Award by the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (DKKV).

    Prior to graduating, Dominic accrued significant work experiences through an internship in international climate policy at the NGO Germanwatch, as a junior expert in remote sensing in the private sector, and as an intern and consultant for UN-Habitat ROAP in Thailand and Laos, where he worked on mainstreaming climate concerns into urban policies and supported Laos’ Adaptation Fund project on strengthening resilience of the most vulnerable in the country’s southern emerging urban settlements. Besides that, he worked as a student assistant and Junior Researcher in UNU-EHS’s VARMAP section, where he was involved in different local and international projects. These included: a global analysis of social protection trends to assess future risks, a vulnerability assessment to heat stress in Bonn, end-user resilience to critical infrastructure failure in Germany, a global assessment of risk and readiness for climate insurance solutions, and transformative urban coalitions to foster enhanced climate action in Latin America. In his current position as Project Associate, he supports the integration of climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and social protection to increase the effectiveness of social protection schemes in Indonesia and thereby increase people’s resilience in a country prone to various natural hazards.

  • Articles


  • Reports

    • UN ESCAP & UN-Habitat (2018): Climate Change and national urban policies in Asia and the Pacific – A regional guide for integrating climate change concerns into urban-related policy, legislative, financial and institutional frameworks


    • Sett, D. (2019): The role of social-psychological factors for the adoption of domestic rainwater harvesting as a measure of adapting to urban water scarcity in Rondebosch, Cape Town