Magnus Benzie is a Research Fellow at SEI with a focus on climate change adaptation.
He has over 15 years of professional experience in climate change research focusing on climate impacts, vulnerability, risk and adaptation. He has consulted directly with organisations in a variety of sectors to scope and assess climate risks and plan adaptation, working at multiple scales from local and city governments, non-profit sectors, multinational corporations, national government and regional and international bodies.
His research work is focused mostly at the global scale or within Europe but has included field work in West and East Africa and Central Asia.
Magnus is interested in how society can anticipate and respond to strategic threats and opportunities in just and sustainable ways.
His current work focuses on the concept of transnational climate risk: how climate impacts in one place might affect others via international networks and interdependence such as trade, investments, transboundary ecosystems and changing security threats. He also has a keen interest in strategic foresight and the use of scenario-building processes to explore future risks related to climate change and changing geopolitics.
Prior to joining SEI Magnus worked for a climate change and environmental consultancy in the UK (AEA/ Ricardo) and at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin. He has a MA (Politics) from the University of Edinburgh and a MSc (Environmental Policy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.