Publications

Realising the ‘triple dividend of resilience’ – A new business case for disaster risk management

Book by Swenja Surminski on 1 Mar 2016

This book develops a new business case for investment based on the multiple dividends of resilience. This looks beyond only avoided losses (the first dividend) to the wider benefits gained independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. These include unleashing entrepreneurial activities and productive investments by lowering the looming threat of losses from […]


Integrating mitigation and adaptation in climate and land use policies in Brazil: a policy document analysis

Working paper by Monica Di Gregorio, Leandra Fatorelli, Emilia Pramova, Peter May, Bruno Locatelli, Maria Brockhaus on 24 Feb 2016

This paper investigates climate policy integration and coherence in land use policies in Brazil. Unlike other policy analyses a key aim is to assess ‘internal policy coherence’ in the climate change domain, or the extent to which positive and negative interactions between mitigation and adaptation are taken into account in policy formulation. The paper is […]


Perspectives on contextual vulnerability in discourses of climate conflict

Research article by Uche Okpara, Lindsay Stringer, Andy Dougill on 8 Feb 2016

The science of climate security and conflict is replete with controversies. Yet the increasing vulnerability of politically fragile countries to the security consequences of climate change is widely acknowledged. Although climate conflict reflects a continuum of conditional forces that coalesce around the notion of vulnerability, how different portrayals of vulnerability influence the discursive formation of […]



Perspectives on contextual vulnerability in discourses of climate conflict

Research article by Andy Dougill, Lindsay Stringer, Uche Okpara on 1 Feb 2016

The science of climate security and conflict is replete with controversies. Yet the increasing vulnerability of politically fragile countries to the security consequences of climate change is widely acknowledged. Although climate conflict reflects a continuum of conditional forces that coalesce around the notion of vulnerability, how different portrayals of vulnerability influence the discursive formation of […]


Well-being dynamics and poverty traps

Working paper by Christopher Barrett, Linden McBride on 20 Jan 2016

A sound understanding of poverty traps—defined as poverty that is self-reinforcing due to the poor’s equilibrium behaviors—and their underlying mechanisms is fundamentally important to the development of policies and interventions … read more »


Spatio-temporal analyses of impacts of multiple climatic hazards in the savannah ecosystem of Ghana

Working paper by Gerald Yiran, Lindsay Stringer on 20 Jan 2016

Ghana’s savannah ecosystem has been subjected to a number of climatic hazards of varying severity over the past three decades. This paper presents a spatial, time-series analysis of the impacts of multiple hazards on the ecosystem and human livelihoods, using the Upper East Region of Ghana as a case study. Our aim is to understand […]


Flooded cities

Working paper by Adriana Kocornik-Mina on 15 Dec 2015

Does economic activity relocate away from areas that are at high risk of recurring shocks? We examine this question in the context of floods, which are among the costliest and … read more »