Charlene Watson

Charlene Watson

Research Associate
Charlene's research interests focus on the complexities associated with channelling and programming climate finance effectively and its links with development finance.

As part of the Climate and Energy Programme, Charlene’s work at ODI focuses on the flows, sources and instruments of climate finance at both the national and international level and its interaction with broader development finance. Within this her work considers what constitutes climate-related expenditure as well as monitoring and tracking finance so as to explore the effectiveness of the spend; a delicate balance between competing objectives and reliant on an enabling environment.

Charlene’s experience spans academia, multilateral institutions and NGOs. Her prior experience centres around forest conservation and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) which brings together a number of contemporary issues in conservation and development, as well as presenting interesting challenges for international climate change policy and finance. Her work before joining ODI included environmental valuation, forest carbon accounting, and environmental cost-benefit analyses.

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