Institute for International Economic Policy

Signature Initiatives: Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries


Climate models indicate climate change will most severely impact areas where a majority of the world's extreme poor live, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of South Asia. Therefore, research is needed to, first, better understand the nature of these impacts and their repercussions and, second, assist developing country governments and donor agencies in mitigating the impending consequences of climate change facing poor communities. Research can help identify steps that households, communities and firms can take and policies to embrace to facilitate such adaptations to climate change in resource-poor contexts.

IIEP achieved a milestone, holding its international conference on May 18 and 19, 2011 on the Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change in Low-income Countries. The conference featured frontier research and policy analysis over two full days, reinforcing GW's place among leading universities globally on this critical issue. The conference was undertaken in partnership with the World Bank (Development Research Group) and the United Nations Development Program (Environment and Energy Group - Global Environmental Finance Team).

IIEP faculty prepared a special issue of the refereed journal, Climate Change Economics, which featured key research contributions from our recent conference. A full conference proceedings volume, emphasizing policy dimensions, is in process in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
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See the 2011 Conference schedule as well as presentations and papers from the conference.


Relevant Faculty and Areas of Expertise

The Research Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is emerging as the defining challenge of our generation, and it will critically require a new kind of interaction between policy and research. The Sustainable Development Forum is a series of talks by leaders in academia and in policy which will attempt to set the research agenda for sustainable development following the Rio +20 conference.

What will sustainable development entail? What are the most crucial questions we need to be asking? How should academia go about searching for answers that will actually inform real action and policy changes?

Sustainable Development Events

Featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
December 4, 2012

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