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Lars Otto Naess - Research Fellow

Resource Politics; Rural Futures; Green Transformations
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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.

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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Running innovation prizes that will improve poor people's resilience to climate change.

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This project sees uncertainty as a key barrier to efforts to support social transformation to respond to the challenges posed by climate change.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable to droughts, floods and other climate-related stressors and shocks. This research aims to contribute to greater understanding of the underlying drivers of risk, while also identifying pathways to improve the impact that climatic information may have on building resilience through bridging the 'usability gap'.

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A partnership between Coffey, IDS and RICARDO AEA has been formed to improve mainstreaming and targeting of women and girls in the International Climate Fund.

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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.

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What factors lead state and market actors in Africa to commit to implementing more ‘climate smart’ and ‘climate resilient’ agricultural approaches and practices that promoting more sustainable and pro-poor outcomes? This study is examining how different governance systems are handling the complex interface between food, energy, water and climate in pursuit of the SDGs pertaining to these sectors in four countries in Africa.

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Understanding Uncertainty: Views from Kachchh, Mumbai, and Sundarbans

This issue of focuses on the theme of climate related uncertainty. This issue draws heavily from the work of the Research Council of Norway (RCN) funded project 'Climate Change, Uncertainty and Transformation'. More details


Improving the Impact of Climate Information Services in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

IDS 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

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Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate'.

Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

IDS 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

IDS publications on international development research

Climate Policy meets National Development Contexts: Insights from Kenya and Mozambique

Global 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

This is the cover for IDS Working Paper 448, 'Carbon Forestry and Climate Compatible Development in Mozambique: A Political Economy Analysis'.

Carbon Forestry and Climate Compatible Development in Mozambique: A Political Economy Analysis

IDS 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

Thematic Expertise:
Climate Change; Climate Change Knowledge and Learning; Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience; Poverty.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Future Agricultures Consortium.

Geographic Expertise:
Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Tanzania.