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Climate Change and Development

2020 Courses Postponed

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our 2020 Short Courses. Alternative dates will be announced shortly. Please ensure you subscribe to our newsletter to receive updated information when it is available.

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Climate Change and Development: 2-6 November 2020 (TBC)



Climate change has profound implications for developing countries. On this short course you’ll develop a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations.   You 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 you 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 - instead you will leave the course with state-of-the-art knowledge to help you develop skills in your field.


Course Structure

You’ll cover 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.

Sessions offered by specialists:

  • 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 you to share your ideas through interactive and small-group work. Through discussion and interaction, you will consolidate your knowledge and insight gained in areas which have practical relevance to your work.


Who is this course for?

You will be employees of government organisations, NGOs, international agencies and private organisations. This course will be especially relevant if you are a professional who does not have an existing specialism in the field, but you 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.


Course Director

Professor Heike Schroeder

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


   Regular course contributors:

Professor Corinne Le Quéré CBE

Professor Tim Osborne

Professor Roger Few

Professor Bruce Lankford

Dr Oliver Springate-Baginski

Dr Penny Plowman

Dr Johanna Forster

Dr Mark Tebboth

Dr Gareth Edwards


Course Requirements 

No prior knowledge or special skills are required, however you’ll have a genuine interest in learning about climate change and development issues.

The course is conducted in English. It is essential that you have full competence in English, both written and spoken.


Tuition Fees and Funding

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

We offer an early bird discount of 15% for participants who apply early. Discount deadline for 2020/2021 courses to be announced. 

The International Development Centre is unable to offer scholarships to attend this course. You are expected to secure your own funding.



The course is taught at the University of East Anglia (UEA). 

UEA is an internationally renowned university on a distinctive and attractive campus just outside the historic city of Norwich.