GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Climate Change

Climate change is already affecting the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, who often lack the robust systems and capacity needed to cope. While 'mitigation' through tackling greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to limiting impacts, some change is inevitable and climate change 'adaptation' is now a central issue in development.

A protester holds a sign which reads 'Leave fuel price N(aira) 65 per litre' in a crowd of demonstrators protesting against the removal of a fuel subsidy by the Nigerian government. Credit: George Osodi / Panos

Efforts to integrate climate change adaptation into the development process must ensure that the most vulnerable groups are central to the rapidly expanding climate change research and policy agenda. At the same time, future international climate change regimes must be built on principles of equity, deliver dramatic carbon reductions, establish low-carbon development pathways and provide funding mechanisms that reach the most vulnerable people.

Colleagues across IDS are carrying out research and policy analysis on climate change:

  • IDS researchers are building global capacity to meet these challenges through pioneering research and innovative knowledge partnerships;
  • IDS Knowledge Services provide a range of information-sharing services, such as the Eldis Climate Change Resource Guide.
  • Researchers in the STEPS Centre are examining issues of sustainability and energy access.

IDS work on climate change focuses on three main themes:

< previous 1 2 next >
Photo of Adrian Bannister from IDS Knowledge Services More details

Photo of Alan Stanley from IDS Knowledge Services More details

Photo of Alex Shankland, IDS Research Fellow More details

Photo of Ana Pueyo More details

Photo of Ana Solorzano More details

Photo of Ashish Chaturvedi More details

Photo of Dirk Willenbockel More details

Fatema Rajabali, Thematic Convenor, Eldis, Knowledge Services More details

Photo of Fran Seballos, Climate Change Team More details

Photo of Ian Scoones, Research Fellow in the Knowledge Technology and Society research team More details

Photo of Jeremy Allouche, IDS research fellow More details

Photo of Jim Sumberg, Research Fellow with the Knowledge Technology and Society Team More details

Photo of Jodie Thorpe, Globalisation research fellow More details

Photo of John Thompson, a Research Fellow with the Knowledge Technology and Society Team More details

Photo of Lars Otto Naess More details

Photo of Lyla Mehta More details

Photo of Melissa Leach More details

Photo of Michael Loevinsohn, IDS Research Fellow More details

picture of Rachel Sabates Wheeler More details

Photo of Roger Williamson More details

< previous 1 2 next >
< previous 1 2 next >

AgMIP Global Economic Model Intercomparison

The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) hosted by the Columbia University Earth Institute is a major international effort to assess the state of global agricultural modelling and to understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector. More details

China Low Carbon Platform

A new knowledge-sharing web platform supporting an international network for low carbon energy and low carbon development in China. More details

Climate Airwaves

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. More details

Climate Change and Economic Growth: An Intertemporal General Equilibrium Analysis for Egypt

Due to the high concentration of economic activity along the low-lying coastal zone of the Nile delta and its dependence on Nile river streamflow, Egypt's economy is highly exposed to adverse climate change. More details

Climate Planning

This project will consider a range of donor, private sector, NGO and country-led methodologies for climate compatible development strategy building and planning. More details

Development and Management of NAMAs in India

The overall objective of the project is that the Government of India starts using Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) as one of the mechanisms for addressing climate change mitigation. More details

Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Ethiopia

Pilot project to develop a dynamic multisectoral modelling framework for climate change impact and adaptation policy assessment. More details

Economic Modeling of Climate Change Adaptation: Case Studies for Ethiopia, Mozambique and Ghana

This project involves a case-study approach to develop an economywide modeling framework for comparative analysis of climate change adaptation strategies linked to impact models. More details

ESCO Box: Smart monitoring, billing and control for pro-poor access to energy services

IDS will lead on the work package addressing Evaluation of poverty impacts of smart monitoring, billing and control systems. This will analyse the effectiveness of ESCoBox in increasing access to electricity for poor people, looking at ESCoBox’s ability to: (1) increase adoption rates of renewable electricity; (2) increase the establishment of electricity supply businesses (ESCos); (3) increase entrepreneurial activities in poor communities; (4) change electricity consumption patterns in households and small businesses; (5) enable households and small businesses to better understand their power usage and plan accordingly. WP4 combines qualitative and quantitative techniques. More details

Fossil Fuel Prices and Taxes, and Their Effects on Economic Development and Income Distribution in Viet Nam

The project aimed to explore the short and long run impacts of imposing additional fossil fuel taxes and removing respective existing subsidies on the Vietnamese economy. More details

Future Agricultures Consortium

The DFID funded Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa. More details

Global Food and Farming Futures – Lead Expert Group

The Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures addresses the question: ‘How can a future global population of 9 billion people all be fed healthily and sustainably?' More details

Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa

This project seeks to develop a new Green Growth Diagnostics methodology and apply it to two African countries: Kenya and Ghana. These countries are the research hubs of East and West Africa and we believe that they offer a good opportunity to test our methodology in advance to their wider application to other African countries and beyond the African continent. More details

HUMPOL Courting Catastrophe?

Courting Catastrophe is looking at how the humanitarian sector needs to change to meet this challenge, with research in countries in Asia and Africa to develop new ways of acting. More details

Joto Afrika - a bilingual briefing series on climate change adaptation in Africa

A briefing series on climate adaptation which draws lessons, experiences and practical information from across sub-Saharan Africa. More details

Knowledge Navigator - your key to online Climate Change platforms

The Knowledge Navigator project has developed a web-based interactive tool, called a widget, to guide users through to appropriate climate change websites. It is a joint project between IDS Knowledge Services and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) More details

Learning Hub

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. More details

Low Carbon Innovation Paths in China, India and Europe

Mitigating climate change requires technological innovation. This project analyses the innovation paths pursued in Europe and Asia. More details

Participatory vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation planning for food security and nutrition in East Africa

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. More details

< previous 1 2 next >

View all Research Theme's publications

Use this search to display this theme's publications and filter by journal, author, country and much more.