Richard Klein

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. In 2016, Richard received the prestigious Burtoni Award in recognition of his work on climate change adaptation.

Richard joined SEI in 2006 to assume global leadership for developing and implementing the institute’s research strategy on climate-related issues. He was appointed professor of geography, climate policy and development at Linköping University in 2010. Based in Bonn since 2016 to strengthen SEI’s visibility and impact in Germany, he continues to pursue partnerships with research organisations, policy stakeholders and funders. Since 2018 he has served as co-chair of the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Programme.

Richard founded the pioneering academic journal Climate and Development, which first appeared in 2009 and of which he was editor-in-chief for ten years. He has been involved in IPCC since 1994 (including six times as lead author), and was co-director and chief scientist of the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR) from 2011 to 2016. In 2018 and 2019, Richard was the first director of science and innovation of the Global Center on Adaptation, and served as co-director of research of the Global Commission on Adaptation.

Before moving to Stockholm, Richard spent eight years at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He began his career at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Institute for Environmental Studies in 1992.

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