Lars Otto Naess - Research Fellow
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Dr Lars Otto Naess is a social scientist with more than 15 years experience with climate change, development and agriculture. His current research interests include social and institutional dimensions of adaptation to climate change, policy processes on climate change and agriculture at national and sub-national levels, the role of local knowledge for adaptation to climate change, and adaptation planning in the context of international development. Much of his recent work has focused on Africa, in particular Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia.
He was project manager for the recently completed DFID/IDRC Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) ‘Research to Policy for Adaptation’ (RPA), and currently coordinates the Climate Change Theme of the DFID-funded Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC). Previous affiliations include Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and FAO. In addition to the work on local level adaptation with Action Against Hunger and Tearfund, he works with Trócaire on a household level vulnerability project covering four countries in Africa and Latin America.
Building Resilience and Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa through Social Learning around Climate Risks
Participatory vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation planning for food security and nutrition in East Africa
Improving the Impact of Climate Information Services in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid LandsIDS Policy Briefing 145 (2017)
Climate variability and change are affecting millions of poor people in Kenya, particularly in arid and semi-arid lands. Significant investments are being made in developing Climate Information Services (CIS) which are tailored to the needs of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists and aim to help them adapt to the impact of climate change in these regions. More details
Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing ClimateIDS Bulletin 48.4 (2017)
Humanitarian crises appear dramatic, overwhelming and sudden, with aid required immediately to save lives. Whereas climate change is about changing hazard patterns and crises are in reality rarely unexpected, with academic researchers and humanitarian and development organisations warning about possible risks for months before they take place. More details
Climate Policy meets National Development Contexts: Insights from Kenya and MozambiqueGlobal Environmental Change 35 (2015)
Despite the growth in work linking climate change and national level development agendas, there has been limited attention to their political economy. This paper applies a political economy analysis to case studies on low carbon energy in Kenya and carbon forestry in Mozambique. More details
Carbon Forestry and Climate Compatible Development in Mozambique: A Political Economy AnalysisIDS Working Paper 448 (2014)
This paper looks at the political economy of carbon forestry and REDD+ in Mozambique in view of goals for climate compatible development, i.e. simultaneously addressing emission reduction, adaptation and development. Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries and one of the most at risk from the effects of climate change. More details
Improving Co-benefits and 'Triple Win' Impacts from Climate Action: The Role of Guidance ToolsCDI Practice Paper 7 (2014)
This addresses the role of tools in supporting interventions to achieve the ‘triple wins’ of adaptation, mitigation and development. More details