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Lars Otto Naess

Research Fellow

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.

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Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises)...


Climate Justice Scoping Study

This study, commissioned by the International Development Research Centre, identified gaps and future entry points for Southern-led research on climate justice. The study was framed around the concept of transformative climate justice, reflecting the need to bridge gaps between climate justice...



COP26 falls short on ambition and fails to address climate justice

The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow came to end late on Saturday 13 November with a final text published that includes a pledge on the climate crisis that keeps the goal of limiting global heating to 1.5C within reach. The ‘Glasgow climate pact’ was adopted despite last-minute interventions...

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Ian Scoones & 2 others

16 November 2021


Journal Article

Beyond Technical Fixes: Climate Solutions and the Great Derangement

Climate and Development;

Climate change research is at an impasse. The transformation of economies and everyday practices is more urgent, and yet appears ever more daunting as attempts at behaviour change, regulations, and global agreements confront material and social-political infrastructures that support the status...

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Lyla Mehta & 16 others

1 July 2019

Lars Otto Naess’s recent work


Reframing climate and environmental justice: Online first articles

These four articles below are taken from the forthcoming IDS Bulletin which calls for a reframing of climate – and broader environmental – justice debates. The full issue will be published in early 2022, but these 'online first articles' argue that achieving meaningful action on the climate...

26 October 2021


Rural Futures

Through our research, policy engagement, teaching and training, we support the emergence of development pathways that deliver both greater social justice and sustainability for rural people and places, while recognising their important interconnections with urban areas and the links between...