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Title: Senior Research Fellow
Role: Theme leader, Reducing Climate Risk
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Richard Klein is a Senior Research Fellow at SEI and professor of climate policy, geography and development at Linköping University. At SEI he leads the global theme Reducing Climate Risk. Dr. Klein is currently based in Bonn, Germany.
In 2016 he joined as visiting scientist the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) in Bonn. Here he fosters research collaboration between SEI and UNU-EHS, exploiting the complementary strengths of the two institutes.
Richard is an internationally leading expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change, with almost twenty-five 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 is the founder and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Climate and Development, which first appeared in 2009. He is also a member of the editorial board of the new journal Climate Services. He has been an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author since 1994, and co-director and chief scientist of the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR) since 2011. Until late 2015 he was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).
Before joining SEI in 2006, Richard spent almost eight years at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He began his career at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1992. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Kiel (Germany), and Master’s degrees from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Climate change and disaster risk reduction (Paper - 2015)
Technologies to support climate change mitigation and adaptation (Fact sheet - 2015)
The complementarity and comparability of climate change adaptation and mitigation (Journal article - 2015)
Private finance for adaptation: do private realities meet public ambitions? (Journal article - 2015)
A framework for Nordic actor-oriented climate adaptation research (Journal article - 2014)
SEI Research Synthesis: Climate change adaptation and vulnerability (Other publications - 2014)
SEI Research Synthesis: Climate finance and carbon markets (Other publications - 2014)
SEI Research Synthesis: Climate change mitigation and bioenergy (Other publications - 2014)
Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation (Journal article - 2014)
Explaining and overcoming barriers to climate change adaptation (Journal article - 2014)
Adaptation decision-making in the Nordic countries: assessing the potential for joint action (Journal article - 2014)
Clarifying vulnerability definitions and assessments using formalisation (Journal article - 2013)
Climate Change Adaptation in the Nordic Countries (Paper - 2013)
Limits to adaptation (Journal article - 2013)
A spatially explicit scenario-driven model of adaptive capacity to global change in Europe (Journal article - 2013)