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Governance of climate adaptation in a globalised world

While significant scientific and practical advances in governance of climate adaptation have been made in response to increasing evidence of climate change, the global dimension is poorly understood. This project analyzes both

  1. how the global context – trade and the political economy of international relations – affect options for adaptation governance, and
  2. how and why adaptation is actively made into an issue for global governance through decisions under the UNFCCC and other international institutions.
Inactive project


Project contact

Åsa Persson /

Project team

Måns Nilsson
Måns Nilsson

Executive Director

SEI Headquarters

Åsa Persson
Åsa Persson

Research Director and Deputy Director

SEI Headquarters

Richard J.T. Klein
Richard J. T. Klein

Team Leader: International Climate Risk and Adaptation; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

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Magnus Benzie

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Oxford

Nina Weitz
Nina Weitz

Team Leader: Global Goals and Systems; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Drawing on political science and economics and with a special focus on adaptation for food security and agriculture, it will be determined whether there exists a global adaptation governance regime and what interests have shaped it. Furthermore, the political economy of international financial support for adaptation will be revealed, through a quantitative analysis of possible political and economic determinants in addition to level of vulnerability.

Finally, the significance of indirect impacts on national food security occurring through food trade will be assessed, through a review of global climate-economic models and analysis of current import dependency of countries. Possible policy implications will be identified and actual consideration of indirect impact in national adaptation strategies in two developed (Sweden, Australia) and two developing countries (Cambodia, Tanzania) will be examined.

This four-year research project (2013-2016) is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Formas. The project was awarded funds under a call for social sciences and humanities research on sustainable development.

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