Richard Klein

Senior Research Fellow, Professor

Richard Klein is an internationally leading expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change, with more than 25 years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice. Much of his recent work has addressed the role of adaptation in the design and implementation of a global climate policy agreement, but he also studies societal and institutional challenges to adaptation and to the provision and use of climate services. He has led a range of large international collaborative research and capacity-building projects and programmes, and has advised governments, international agencies, civil-society organisations and private firms.

Richard joined the Stockholm Environment Institute in 2006 to assume global leadership for developing and implementing the institute’s research strategy on climate-related issues. In 2010 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Geography, Climate Policy and Development at Linköping University. Since 2018 Richard has served as Director of Science and Innovation of the newly established Global Center on Adaptation, and as Co-Director of Research of the Global Commission on Adaptation. He also co-chairs the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Programme. In 2016 Richard received the prestigious Burtoni Award in recognition of his work on climate change adaptation and communication.


 a satellite image shows the Nile Delta

Climate adaptation must be reframed from a local issue to a global responsibility

This brief provides several recommendations on how the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) could encourage better accounting of transboundary climate risk.

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COP23 UN Climate Change Conference

COP23 Official Side Event: A Global Adaptation Goal and Borderless Climate Risks

This side event explored how adaptation programmes can contribute to communities’ climate resilience, with particular focus on the provision of financial services.

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Cape town, South Africa

Accelerating Adaptation Action: The Challenge for Adaptation Futures 2018

Richard J.T. Klein, recipient of the Burtoni Award for outstanding contributions to climate adaptation science, provides perspective on the upcoming Adaptation Futures 2018 conference.

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Credit: NASA image by Robert Simmon and Jesse Allen, based on Landsat 5 data from the USGS Global Visualization Viewer.

Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk

This brief from SEI, IDDRI and ODI finds that a transboundary view of climate risk creates opportunities for international cooperation on adaptation.

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