Climate resilient economic transformation

Strengthening the evidence base for marginalised places to recognise their opportunities and inherent capacities to adapt to change.
Meenakshi Dewan, 20, brings something very special to her home in Orissa, India: electricity. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos Pictures/Department for International Development

Conventional approaches to addressing climate change adaptation and sustainable development are no longer sufficient. Marginalised places tend to experience higher exposure and vulnerability to climate change, which means that adaptation and mitigation responses also need to be different.

Yet these places and the people who inhabit them also have sources of adaptive capacity, despite the narrative that characterises them as vulnerable and poor, and can drive different patterns of sustainable development to achieve Agenda 2030.

Our work focuses on opportunities for inclusive and climate-resilient economic transformation in marginalised places that are exposed to climate and other risks. We aim to examine how marginalised places can be integrated into resilient economic strategies at local, national, regional and global levels.