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Designing the next generation of climate adaptation research for development

Jones, L., Harvey, B., Cochrane, L., Cantin, B., Conway, D., Cornforth, R., De Souza, K. and Kirbyshire, A. (2018) Designing the next generation of climate adaptation research for development. Regional Environmental Change, 18 (1). pp. 297-304. ISSN 1436-378X

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Adaptation research has changed significantly in recent years as funders and researchers seek to encourage greater impact, ensure value for money and promote interdiscipinarity across the natural and social sciences. While these developments are inherently positive they also bring fresh challenges. This Perspective reviews experiences from the delivery of past and current adaptation research and reflects on the merits and limitations of the evolving adaptation research landscape. We propose five key areas that need to be changed in order to meet the needs of future adaptation research, namely: increasing transparency and consultation in research design; encouraging innovation in the design and delivery of adaptation research programmes; demonstrating impact on the ground; addressing incentive structures; and promoting more effective brokering, knowledge management and learning. As large international funding initiatives such as the Future Earth and the Global Challenges Research Fund start to take shape we underscore the importance of learning from past experiences and scaling-up of successful innovations in research funding models.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Walker Institute
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:68620


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