Katy Harris is a Senior Expert at SEI Headquarters, with a focus on the global governance of climate change adaptation. She is also the director of Adaptation Without Borders.
Her current work focuses on the concept of transboundary climate risk: how the impacts of climate change in one place can affect others elsewhere, including the ‘ripple effects’ of our own adaptation responses. She is interested in how governance frameworks and policies can better account for our global interdependence (our systems, networks and pathways) and how a better recognition and understanding of transboundary climate risks might enhance multilateral cooperation on adaptation, and ultimately engender a greater global ambition commensurate with the scale of the challenge. Her ultimate concern is to reveal the hidden vulnerabilities associated with unforeseen or emerging climate risks to encourage more just and sustainable responses.
Katy has over twelve years of professional experience in international relations, directing external engagement programmes, teams and strategies. Much of her work to date has been based within international development and humanitarian organisations where she has led communications, public affairs and advocacy projects to maximise impact and advance policy objectives. Her work has entailed building a number of partnerships and coalitions with key constituencies (multilateral, bilateral, private sector and civil society) and coordinating the delivery of outputs and activities for research and advocacy workstreams – including high-level events and strategic convenings around the world.
Prior to SEI, Katy worked at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and international NGO CAFOD. She has an MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh.