Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams joined SEI Stockholm in 2017. Kevin’s research focuses primarily on global climate politics and the political economy of environmental problems.

At SEI, he has worked on both the Global Adaptation Governance project studying transnational climate adaptation, and the Global Finance Initiative where he has written about the Green Climate Fund. Kevin also works closely with the AdaptationWatch research network, focusing on issues of transparency in climate adaptation governance.

Broadly, Kevin is interested in understanding the way global governance institutions continue to evolve in a world influenced by climate change. Trained as an environmental sociologist, he is particularly interested in using political and ethical theory to understand the role of democratic norms like legitimacy and justice in environmental policymaking.

Prior to joining SEI, Kevin worked as a contractor for several organizations, including the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. He holds a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and a BS in Geophysics and a BS in Social Sciences from Michigan State University, USA.

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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Severe flooding in Thailand

Financing from the Ground Up - Experiences in Adaptation Finance from Southeast Asia

Climate adaptation finance, a critical resource for developing countries, can sometimes be governed via national-level institutions that are disconnected from the contexts and needs of local people.

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Low-lying homes in Bangladesh

Capacity building for climate change: Lessons from other regimes

Climate leaders must learn from existing work in other international regimes to ensure the effectiveness of capacity-building programs.

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Toward climate finance reporting systems in Latin America

This research brief calls for the development of robust reporting systems for climate finance in Latin America, through national capacity builidng and based on mutually-agreed priniciples.

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Kevin is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Transnational climate impacts

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 
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Climate Finance

This theme focuses on how to ensure that climate finance serves to achieve meaningful, long-term change in economic and social development trajectories, particularly for developing countries.
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Capacity Development

To improve the capacity of research and training institutions in developing countries to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.
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Governance, institutions and policy

Advancing new insights into good governance for sustainable development in the face of social and ecological change.
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Economics of adaptation

Assessing the costs of adaptation using multiple lines of evidence.
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Adaptation planning

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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