Kevin M. Adams

Research Student, LSE

Kevin M. Adams

Kevin M. Adams is a global climate policy expert at the GRI and Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. His research is focused on transboundary climate risks and opportunities to manage them across borders, particularly in the context of trade and sustainable finance. His work aims to support policy development and international negotiations under the UNFCCC, WTO, and other relevant decision-making fora.


At the Grantham Research Institute, Kevin’s work sits at the science-policy interface, where he aims to support policy development and decision-making for risk management in a warming world. Trained as a geographer and political scientist, his primary research topics are 1) transboundary climate risks, 2) climate finance and multilateral climate funds, and 3) global climate policy.

In addition to his role at the Grantham Research Institute, Kevin is also a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), where he is focal point to the Green Climate Fund, is a founding member of the Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre, and is active in the Stockholm Climate Security Hub. In 2019, Kevin also launched the Adaptation Without Borders Initiative, in partnership with colleagues from SEI, ODI, and IDDRI, aimed at responding to the global challenge of transboundary climate risks by creating opportunities to build and strengthen international collaboration on climate change adaptation.

Kevin has served as an expert contributor to a number of policy processes, including for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Green Climate Fund, the European Environment Agency, and the Global Commission on Adaptation. He has been the author of numerous academic journal articles, policy reports, and online features, including the report Climate Change, Trade, and Global Food Security, to be launched in November 2019.

Kevin holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado – Boulder, a BS in Geophysics from Michigan State University, and a BS in Social Sciences from Michigan State University.

Research interests

  • Transboundary Climate Risks
  • Climate Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Commodity Trade
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International Political Economy
  • Climate Finance
  • Sustainable Finance