Adaptation to climate change and human development

There are substantial knowledge gaps concerning adaptation. Until recently, adaptation research has been dominated by two types of work:

  • large-scale system modelling, which has attempted to predict the impact of climate change on agriculture, water resources, ecosystems or disease vectors;
  • small-scale qualitative studies, which have looked at community responses to current variability and ‘best’ practice measures to reduce vulnerability.

Relatively little work has attempted to integrate the insights from these quantitative and qualitative approaches or to relate climate change adaptation decisions and policies to broader changes in macro-economic, social and political contexts.

This programme is only part of the work on adaptation being conducted by staff at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). Co-funding is allowing further research on adaptation costs, adaptation financing and funding allocations, the risks of climate disasters and the economics of disaster risk management, and on climate impacts and capacities for adaptation in a developed country context. (Please refer to the Grantham Research Institute and the Sustainability Research Institute for similar research.)

The Programme Leader for Adaptation to climate change and human development is Judith Rees

Research projects

Our four projects aim to combine quantitative and qualitative assessments of adaptation at a range of scales to address some of the key policy and decision-making challenges.

Project 3a and 3b have clear implications for human development and adaptation policy. Project 3c and 3d focus on developing countries, and explicitly take the issues of human development and adaptation as their central themes.

Working papers