Thomas E. Downing
Centre: Former Staff
Dr Thomas E. Downing is CEO of the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership and Associate of the University of Oxford. He worked at SEI Oxford from 2002 until June 2013.
He has been Executive Director of SEI Oxford, MunichRe Foundation Chair in social vulnerability with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Reader in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, founding director of the UK Climate Impacts Programme, expert advisor to the UK House of Commons, and chair of the International Geographical Union's Task Force on Vulnerability.
He also contributes to the technical steering committee of the Global Adaptation Network with the United Nations Environment Programme.
He is a leading expert on climate vulnerability and natural hazards, adaptation and food security, drawing upon 30 years of professional work.
His PhD at Clark University was based on four years in Kenya, as an advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, and engagement that was reflected in work on the economics of climate change in East Africa and a briefing to cabinet in 2009.
He has contributed to all four of the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is Review Editor for the fifth assessment now underway. He has contributed to many EC research projects, at present coordinating ClimateCost with Paull Watkiss and a major role in Mediation (with Paul and Sukaina Bharwani).
Through the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership he leads mainstreaming climate adaptation in the African Development Bank and a consortium organising to gear up the Adaptation Academy (led by Mohamed Hamza); both efforts involve collaborative projects with SEI Oxford.
He is author of over 100 journal articles, book chapters and technical papers.
Adaptation Strategies for the Mediterranean (Book chapter - 2013)
Decision Support Methods for Climate Change Adaptation: Social Network Analysis (Discussion brief - 2013)
Learning to adapt (Book chapter - 2010)
What can social science tell us about meeting the challenge of climate change? (Book chapter - 2010)
An introduction to analysing dynamic vulnerability (Book chapter - 2010)
Economics of Climate Change Kenya (Project report - 2009)
Economics of Climate Change in Rwanda (Report - 2009)