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11-15 May 2020 

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University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. 

Course Summary

Climate change has profound implications for developing countries. The purpose of this short course is to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations. It will examine the scope and prospects for adapting to change and contributing to emissions reduction and NDC implementation in the context of development issues and poverty reduction. The course is designed to equip participants with a deeper awareness of the ideas, opportunities and trade-offs represented by adaptation and mitigation; an awareness that is increasingly needed if effective action on climate change is to be achieved. It does not set out to provide a practical ‘toolkit’ guide for policy and practice but participants leave the course having been exposed to state-of-the-art knowledge to help develop their skills in this field.

Course Content and Structure

Participants will gain grounding in a broad range of climate change issues from the underlying science of climate change, through its implications for development pathways to the international political agenda of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Key emphasis is placed on the context of poverty reduction – exploring what climate change implies in terms of vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation in developing countries and how to go about building resilience at all scales.

Expert Inputs Will Include:

  • Climate science.
  • Impacts and vulnerability in the context of development.
  • Adaptation and resilience: examples and lessons from different sectors.
  • International policy and implementation mechanisms.
  • Forest governance and REDD+.
  • Urban responses to climate change.
  • Low carbon development pathways.


The course is structured to encourage participants to share their ideas through interactive and small-group work. Through discussion during the course, participants will consolidate the knowledge and insight they have gained in areas that have practical relevance to their work.

Course Director and Teaching Team

Climate Change and Development Course Director, Prof Heike Schroeder, draws together expertise from some of the world’s leading researchers on climate change. She is a Professor of Environmental Governance in the School of International Development at UEA, and a Researcher with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She has a background in political science, climate change governance, the UNFCCC negotiations, cities and climate change and REDD+.

Regular contributors include:

Prof Corinne Le Quéré CBE, Prof Tim Osborne, Prof Roger Few, Prof Bruce Lankford, Dr Oliver Springate-Baginski, Dr Penny Plowman, Dr Johanna Forster, Dr Mark Tebboth and Dr Gareth Edwards.

Target Audience

Employees of government organisations, NGOs, international agencies and private organisations. The course is aimed especially at professionals who do not have an existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy. Recent participants have included employees of national ministries of environment, agriculture, planning, finance from countries worldwide, and staff of organisations such as ICIMOD, DfID, JICA, BMZ, ADB, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, Oxfam, Red Cross, and IFC.


£1,890 – includes all tuition, course materials, daily lunches and refreshments, and an evening networking dinner.

For bookings made by 1 March 2020 there will be a reduction in the fee of 15%, to £1,606. 

We currently do not offer any scholarships to attend this course. All applicants are expected to secure their own funding.


Climate Change and Development 2020 Short Course Brochure