Climate and Development
- Print ISSN:
Editor in Chief: Richard J.T. Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden
Rodel D. Lasco, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), The Philippines
Anthony G. Patt, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
E. Lisa F. Schipper, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Thailand
Editorial Board Members:
- Shardul Agrawala, Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development, France
- Tariq Banuri, Division for Sustainable Development/CSD Secretariat, UN
- Terry Cannon, University of Greenwich, UK
- Declan Conway, University of East Anglia, UK
- Hallie Eakin, Arizona State University, USA
- Kristie Ebi, ESS, LLC, USA
- Siri Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway
- Pascal Girot, IUCN, Costa Rica
- Merylyn Hedger, University of Sussex, UK
- Saleemul Huq, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK
- Neil Leary, Dickinson College, USA
- Xianfu Lu, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Germany
- Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation, The Netherlands
- Axel Michaelowa, University of Zurich, Switzerland
- Katja Michaelowa, University of Zurich, Switzerland
- Nobuo Mimura, Ibaraki University, Japan
- Monirul Mirza, University of Toronto, Canada
- Patrick Nunn, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
- Leonard Nurse, University of the West Indies, Barbados
- Anthony Nyong, African Development Bank, Tunisia
- John Padgham, START, United States
- Anand Patwardhan, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
- Lavanya Rajamani, Centre for Policy Research, India
- Patricia Romero Lankao, National Centre for Atmospheric Research, USA
- Agus Sari, Ecosecurities, Indonesia
- Graham Sem, Sustainable Environmental Management, New Zealand
- Margaret Skutsch, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Pablo Suarez, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, The Netherlands
- Harald Winkler, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Abstracts & Indexing
- CAB Abstracts
- Current Geographical Publications
- Elsevier Bibliographic Databases
Aims & Scope
Climate and Development is the first academic journal dedicated to the range of issues that arise when climate variability, climate change and climate policy are considered along with development needs, impacts and priorities. It aims to make complex analysis of climate and development issues accessible to a wide audience of researchers, policymakers and practitioners, and to facilitate debate between the diverse constituencies active in these fields throughout the world.
The journal provides a forum to communicate research, review and discussion on the interfaces between climate, development, policy and practice. Every three months it presents conceptual, policy-analytical and empirical studies of the interactions between climate impacts, mitigation, adaptation and development on scales from the local to global. Contributions from and about developing countries are particularly encouraged; however, research on developed countries is welcome provided that the link between climate and development is the central theme.
Climate and Development is of direct and vital relevance to academics, policy analysts, consultants, negotiators, industrial and non-governmental organisations, and to all those working to ensure a better understanding of the links between climate and development.
The journal is the platform of choice for academic debate on issues that link climate and development, and invites contributions on all such issues. These include, but are not limited to:
- The vulnerability of communities to the combined impacts of climate change and nonclimatic stresses
- Links between development and building capacity to respond to climate change
- The integration (mainstreaming) of climate policy adaptation and mitigation into sectoral planning and development policy
- Conflicts and synergies between mitigation, energy development and poverty
- The importance of climate and long-term weather forecasting for development
- Responsibilities of developing countries in a post-2012 climate policy regime
- The effects of climate change on meeting the Millennium Development Goals
- The implications for development of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, as well as all other existing or proposed policy frameworks
- Financing arrangements for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries
- Economic analysis of the effects of climate adaptation and mitigation on developing countries
- Traditional knowledge and local strategies for managing natural resources and coping with climate change
- Forest management and its relationship to mitigation, adaptation and development
- Adaptation, mitigation and the poor
These and other topics are addressed in a number of ways, including:
(N.B. all maximum word counts give below are inclusive of supplementary matter, such as abstracts and references.)
- Research articles (maximum 7000 words)
- Review articles (maximum 8000 words)
- Case studies (maximum 4000 words)
- Viewpoints (maximum 2000 words)
- Meeting reports (maximum 2000 words)
- Book reviews (maximum 2000 words)
There is now incontrovertible evidence that climate change is happening, and that both its cause and its impacts are inextricably linked with human development. Over the past decades climate change has increasingly been framed as a development issue as well as an environmental concern. Climate and Development is the first journal dedicated explicitly to the links between climate variability, climate change and climate policy on the one hand, and development needs, impacts and priorities on the other.
The idea and subsequent planning for Climate and Development originated from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which was published in 2007. The report contains several chapters that assess climate change in the context of development, as well as regional chapters on Africa, Asia, Latin America and Small Islands. In preparing these chapters, the authors were struck by two issues: (i) there is no single journal in which relevant papers are published, and (ii) most of the relevant papers were written by experts from the developed world.
Climate and Development aims to address both of these issues. First, its Aims and Scope bring together research interests that were previously dispersed over a range of different journals focusing on either climate change or development. The members of the journal’s editorial board have been carefully selected to represent the full spectrum of conceptual, policy-analytical and empirical studies of the interactions between climate impacts, mitigation, adaptation and development, on scales from local to global.
Second, the journal actively encourages submissions from developing-country experts. It seeks to present empirical evidence both grounded in theory and `straight from the field`. For example, it has introduced a manuscript category `case studies`, which allows for the publication of project findings that do not necessarily have to be grounded in a theoretical research framework. These project results might otherwise only be published in internal project documents, and therefore remain publicly invisible, including to IPCC authors. In addition, the journal has initiated a capacity-building activity known as `writeshops`, which provide training and mentoring to developing-country experts with limited experience in academic publishing.
The first issue of Climate and Development came out in March 2009. It was well received, and was followed by a large number of new submissions, securing sufficient material to sustain the publication of at least four issues a year.
The publication of Climate and Development is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Stockholm Environment Institute, which also hosts the editorial office. Collaboration with the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) provides contact with a large network of developing-country experts, and is key in the organisation of the writeshops.