Ruth Butterfield

Director, SEI Oxford Centre

I am the director of the Stockholm Environment Insititue Oxford Centre. I am interested in how both physical and social systems cope with multiple challenges including climate and climate change. My areas of interest are climate change, agriculture, forestry, social and physical vulnerability, social learning and adaptation decision making.

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weADAPT's 15th Anniversary: The Future of Climate Change Adaptation

SEI marked the 20th anniversary of the Oxford Centre and the 15th anniversary of weADAPT with an event that addressed goals for and barriers to adaptation, and ideas to achieve greater progress.

 
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Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa Online Course

The course will discuss the challenges and outlooks for sustainable development on the continent of Africa. It introduces participants to the key approaches, policies and international frameworks that aim to unlock more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

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Keeping the Taps Running in a Changing Climate

This tutorial by UN CC:eLearn introduces the concept of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into water resources.

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Is the New IPCC Report a Game Changer for Adaptation? SEI's Response to AR6

Read SEI's response to the IPCC AR6 WGII report exploring what's new, what's missing and whether it is a game changer for adaptation.

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Climate Change: From Learning to Action

Explore this 6 module course, created by experts from WMO, UNFCCC Secretariat and UN Environment, which provides an introduction to climate change, its effects, and adaptation options through videos, activities, and quizzes.

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Enabling Climate Science Use to Better Support Resilience and Adaptation Practice

This report reviews the use of climate science in adaptation and resilience practice. It was commissioned by the UK government to inform the development of a new programme. 

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

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Climate, Food Security and Agriculture

Climate change is already noticeable through extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, water scarcity and changes in rainfall patterns as well as greater CO2 concentrations in the atmosph

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Human Mobility

Every year, millions of people move in the context of disasters. Disasters are expected to increase in frequency and intensity in the context of climate change. This theme explores the forced and voluntary forms of human mobility in the context of climate change, including related protection needs and adaptation options.
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Adaptation in Mountains

Mountains are highly vulnerable to climate change. They also provide numerous essential services. This theme explores how mountains and mountain communities can be made more resilient.
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Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platforms

This Network, managed by the KE4CAP project, provides a space for adaptation knowledge platform operators and managers to connect and learn from one another.
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Community Based Adaptation

This theme aims to support and connect people working to empower communities to adapt to climate change and features monthly collaborative learning CBA forums.
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Y-Adapt

Y-Adapt is a curriculum for young people that helps them to both understand climate change and to take practical action to adapt to the changing climate in their community.
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