Climate and Development Research Review


This report prepared by TERI, and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), highlights key trends in a growing body of research on the links between climate change and development. Useful for policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers, the Climate and Development Research Review draws on a meta-synthesis of hundreds of policy-relevant research papers published between January 2010 and August 2011, and a closer review of almost 100 of those papers. The Executive Summary provides an overview of important research findings in these thematic areas. The Synthesis Report reviews the literature in more detail, and the Abstracts summarise and provide expert commentary on the papers selected by TERI reviewers.

The Climate and Development Research Review pulls out key findings on four themes:

Decision-making in the face of uncertainty – How should decision-makers operate in a context of uncertainty around climate impacts, including uncertainty around extreme weather events? How do issues of poverty and power affect decision-making?

Natural resource management in a changing climate – How can natural resources be managed most effectively across scales in a changing climate, and how can lessons be best captured and shared?

Innovative finance for climate action – Are current climate finance mechanisms fit for purpose? What relative contributions could public and private sources make? How can climate finance be generated, managed, and spent effectively?

Technology transfer and division of effort for the low-carbon transition – How can the integrated use of market instruments and government regulation transform energy systems? How should climate mitigation efforts be distributed among groups and countries as part of the transition to a low carbon economy.


The Energy and Resources Institute. Climate and Development Research Review. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), (2012) 8 + 48 + 96 pp.

Published 1 January 2012