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Thomas Tanner - Research Fellow

Tom has left IDS but was a social scientist specialising in the policy and practice of adaptation to climate change, particularly in linking approaches to development, disasters and climate change.

His research interests include climate risk management, child-centred development, social protection, knowledge management, organisational change, and linking science with policy processes.

Climate Airwaves aims to support community radio broadcasters to transmit climate research to local communities in an easy-to-understand format. It also promotes sharing between different communities, local policymakers and researchers dealing with a changing climate.

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This e-learning module provides an interactive baseline course in strengthening national systems for Greening Development.

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A place for DFID staff to connect with and learn from fellow country office staff, DFID specialist advisers and technical experts as a basis for creating applied knowledge for dealing with the complexities of climate change in the development arena.

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This project aims to increase the ability of CCAA programme partners in East Africa to understand climate change adaptation policy processes at local and national scales.

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In collaboration with Bioversity International, the Climate Change Team at IDS is designing a participatory vulnerability analysis toolkit. The work builds upon a toolkit that IDS created for Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), in work funded by GIZ (documentation currently in Spanish only). It will be field-tested in Tanzania in September 2013.

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This project will build the capacity of local radio to broadcast and to advocate on climate issues at community level in an accessible way while at the same time providing a platform for communities to share their experiences of adaptation to climate change.

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This project is based on the contention that understanding and working with the prevailing political economy is crucial to change the understanding and commitment of decision makers, to improve coordination, collaboration and mobilisation amongst key stakeholders, and to strengthen the institutions and institutional capacity to deliver climate compatible development.

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Despite the impasse at Copenhagen conference of the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), significant sums of money will be made available under a post-Kyoto framework for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. This project focuses on two global program initiatives, namely the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), administered by the World Bank through the Climate Investment Funds, and the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

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ER63 Front Cover

Exploring the Potential and Limits of the Resilience Agenda in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts

More than half the world’s population now live in urban areas. In developing countries, these areas will become home to almost all of the projected 50 per cent population growth that will occur between now and 2030, swelling urban populations by a further 1.3 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by 2050 (GMR 2013). More details

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Climate Change and Development

Climate change is the defining developmental challenge of our times. Its impacts threaten to reverse hard won developmental achievements of past decades. Poor countries and peoples will generally be hit soonest and hardest despite them contributing least to causing the problem. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Social Protection and Climate Change

Paper prepared for the OECD's DAC Task Team on Social Protection More details

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Climate Change, Disasters, and Development Post-2015

The year 2015 will be pivotal for climate change, disasters, and development. In all three areas, new international frameworks are due to be agreed to guide policy and action. More details

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Planning Exceptionalism? The Political Economy of Climate Resilient Development in Bangladesh

The book outlines the climate change adaptation actions in Bangladesh drawing examples and lessons from the output of the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme and other experiences of the country. More details

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Learning to Tackle Climate Change: Innovative Approaches to Knowledge Sharing and Co-Production in Highly Dispersed Development Organisations

This paper presents findings and reflections from a climate change learning programme with the UK Department for International Development. The programme combined external facilitation with staff knowledge exchange, reflection and problem solving to co-produce knowledge on climate change and development rather than following a set of prescribed technical solutions. More details

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Social Justice and Low Carbon Development: Key Issues

Low Carbon Development: Key Issues is the first comprehensive textbook to address the interface between international development and climate change in a carbon constrained world. More details

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Addressing Water Security in China: Screening for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Responses

Adaptation is the poor cousin of the climate change challenge - the glamour of international debate is around global mitigation agreements, while the bottom-up activities of adaptation, carried out in community halls and local government offices, are often overlooked. Yet, as international forums fail to deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the world is realising that effective adaptation will be essential across all sectors to deal with the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The need to understand how to adapt effectively, and to develop appropriate adaptation options and actions, is becoming increasingly urgent. More details

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Characterising Resilience: Unpacking the concept for tackling climate change and development

This paper reviews academic use of the concept of ‘resilience’ in social, ecological and socio-ecological systems and its application to the climate, disaster and development nexus. More details

Non-IDS publication

Promoting Resilient Livelihoods through Adaptive Social Protection: Lessons from 124 Programmes in South Asia

Relying on 124 agricultural programmes implemented in 5 countries in Asia, this paper considers how social protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction are being brought together, and explores the potential gains of these linkages. More details

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Youth, Gender and Climate Change: moving from impacts to agency

This framing chapter offers an introduction to the intersection of international development, young women and girls, and climate change. In doing so, it highlights three overarching messages for building inclusive societies in a changing climate. First, tackling climate change is a question of justice, not just hitting targets. Second, the vulnerability 'race to the bottom' may be misguided. Third, we need to refocus efforts to realize the agency of young women and girls in our response to climate change. More details

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Characterising Resilience: Unpacking the Concept for Tackling Climate Change and Development

The term 'resilience' is increasingly used in the context of discussion, policies and programming around climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. It has become particularly popular to describe the intersection between these two fields and those of poverty and development, and 'climate resilient development' is rapidly becoming a catch-all for tackling climate change impacts in a development context. This paper reviews academic use of the concept of 'resilience' in social, ecological and socio-ecological systems and its application to the climate, disaster and development nexus. More details

The Learning Hub recognised that a rich body of knowledge is continuously being generated by DFID frontline staff through an organic ‘learning-by-doing’ process. The programme was designed to join up this knowledge, internally – between country staff and headquarters staff – and externally with cutting-edge knowledge from thematic experts.

Learning to Tackle Climate Change

How can continuous reflection and learning help tackle climate change in the context of wider development challenges? This interactive PDF aims to support ongoing learning by those inside and outside DFID to develop their own learning journey - no matter what their country, context or level of personal expertise. It reflects the combined knowledge of DFID staff and external experts generated over two years on a shared learning journey through the Learning Hub programme. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Children, Climate Change and Disasters

Disasters pose one of the greatest threats to future generations. Children now and in the future have the right to protection from disasters and the right to participate in decision making and action to prevent disasters and adapt to climate change. More details

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Participatory Action Research and Children: Lessons from Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation

Recent research and practice from the fields of climate change adaptation and disaster management has created a shift from emphasis of children’s vulnerability and need for protection towards their potential as agents of change before, during and after disaster events. More details

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Sharing Climate Adaptation Tools: Improving Decision-Making for development

The workshop was conceived in response to the growing numbers of adaptation tools being developed and piloted by development agencies and others to tackle climate-related risks, now and in the future More details

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Transformation: Theory and Practice in Climate Change and Development

This briefing paper summarises research designed to create a set of characteristics of transformation that can help guide the development of policies and programmes to tackle climate change. More details

The Global Political Economy of REDD+ Engaging Social Dimensions in the Emerging Green Economy

The Global Political Economy of REDD+ Engaging Social Dimensions in the Emerging Green Economy

This paper argues that in developing the global REDD+ architecture, actors’ competition around co-benefits, markets and rights is being determined by a wide range of environmental world views. More details

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