About this site

Adaptation to climate change became a popular subject in the late 2000s and early 2010s. But suddenly new words are upon us, transformation and resilience being the two most prominent. How do they relate to adaptation? Do we still need to talk about adaptation? The purpose of this website is to provide access to resources on adaptation, and at the same time ask some critical questions about what it is, what it isn’t and what it should be.

About the author of this site (Lisa Schipper)

I am an adaptation and development researcher. My focus is on developing countries and adaptation, social and cultural dimensions of vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards, and the links between (sustainable) development and adaptation. In the last years, I have done some work on culture and risk, most notably as co-editor of the IFRC’s World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Risk (and lead author of the chapter on religion) and co-editor of a book on Cultures and Disasters.

I hold a PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, and was the first funded Tyndall PhD (although I didn’t finish first!). I did a Post-Doc at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, worked at START at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and then spent several years at the Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre, also in Bangkok. I later moved to the SEI office in California. I am currently an Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. I am also a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute (UK) and an Associate with the Stockholm Environment Institute (Asia Centre). I have worked with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and a number of other organisations.

I am a mother and an animal lover, trying to develop a quintessential English garden in a rented space, and transform my home into my eco-friendly dream house. You will most often find me in Oxford, when I am not travelling for work, or in my summerhouse in Sweden.

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