Climate Change and Development Course at UEA

This course is designed for people who want to gain a greater understanding of the implications of climate change for developing countries and of the processes, issues and debates surrounding adaptation and mitigation.

It is aimed particularly at building the knowledge base of professional staff from government agencies and NGOs who do not have existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy


Climate change has profound implications for developing countries, and increasingly professionals working in or for developing countries are being asked to integrate climate change management issues into planning, projects and policy. National governments also are increasingly engaged in official communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other initiatives, which require assessment of vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

The purpose of this short course is to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations and what the scope and prospects are for adapting to change in the context of development issues and poverty reduction. The course does not set out to provide a practical ‘toolkit’ guide for policy and practice. Instead it is designed to equip participants with a deeper awareness of the ideas, opportunities and trade-offs represented by adaptation and mitigation: an understanding that is increasingly needed if we are to achieve effective action on climate change. Drawing on staff from some of the world’s leading research institutes on climate change and development (including the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia and UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research), participants will gain a state-of-the-art knowledge and have the opportunity to develop their analytical skills in this field.

To ensure participants have a full grounding in climate change issues the course incorporates expert sessions on climate science, climate change mitigation and international mechanisms/negotiations relating to climate change. Key emphasis is then placed on vulnerability and adaptation in the context of poverty reduction – exploring what climate change implies in terms of impacts and vulnerability in developing countries, and how to go about building resilience and adaptive capacity at all scales.

Course Contents

Expert inputs to the course will include:

- Climate science
- International policy and implementation mechanisms
- Impacts and vulnerability in the context of development
- Adaptation and resilience: examples and lessons from different sectors
- Mitigation and development pathways
- Linkages with poverty reduction

The course is structured to encourage participants to share their ideas through interactive and small-group work. During the course participants will also be expected to work on the preparation and presentation of a project related to their country context or specific professional sector. This will ensure the knowledge and insight gained from the course is immediately grounded in work that has practical relevance for the participant.


Course tutors will be drawn from leading international researchers on climate change and development associated with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the School of International Development and the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and may include: Professor Neil Adger, Professor Kevin Anderson, Dr Nick Brooks, Professor Kate Brown, Professor Declan Conway, Dr Roger Few, Professor Peter Newell, Professor Robert Watson, Dr Marisa Goulden, Dr Bruce Lankford, Dr Elissaios Papyrakis, Dr Thomas Sikor and Dr Jim Watson.

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