Timo Leiter

Research Student, LSE

Timo Leiter

Timo Leiter’s PhD research explores how progress on climate change adaptation can be assessed at global, national and sub-national level. His work seeks to inform policy discussions under the Paris Agreement as well as the development and implementation of adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems by government and non-government organisations.


Prior to joining the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Timo has been working for seven years at Germany’s technical agency for international development cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ). As part of its climate policy team, Timo has been advising the climate units of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and of South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). He has also been actively involved in the UN climate change negotiations as observer and country delegate.

During his position as climate change focal point based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Timo led GIZ’s collaboration with Tanzania’s Vice President’s Office (VPO) and was responsible for delivering activities with numerous government partners on adaptation planning, capacity building, climate information and access to climate finance. Timo also led the development of innovative climate change projects including for the International Climate Initiative and for the Green Climate Fund (e.g. the project “Enhancing Climate services for infrastructure”, commissioned 2017).

Timo has been continuously working at the science policy interface with close engagement in the practitioner, policy and scientific communities. He is a frequent speaker at scientific and policy-oriented conferences, including UNFCCC-related events, and has authored numerous articles, chapters and guidebooks. In 2017, Timo was a lead author of UNEP’s Adaptation Gap Report launched at COP23. He also acts as reviewer for several peer reviewed academic journals.

Timo holds a Diplom degree (Diplom-Ökonom) in Ecological Economics from the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and a Master’s degree with High Distinction from Bond University, Queensland, Australia.

Research interests

  • Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation to climate change (PhD topic)
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate policy (including UNFCCC processes)
  • Climate finance
  • Climate resilient development