Dr Lisa Schipper


Research Groups


Dr Lisa Schipper

Environmental Social Science Research Fellow

Academic Profile

Lisa is an Environmental Social Science Research Fellow. Lisa’s research focuses on adaptation and vulnerability to climate change and disaster risk reduction in developing countries. Her interest is on community-level adaptation and examining the socio-cultural drivers of vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards, particularly religion. She has worked in Central and South America, East Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

Lisa is also a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute in London and an Associate with Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre in Bangkok, where she was a Senior Research Fellow from 2008-2013. She also spent one year at the Southeast Asia START Regional Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and lectured at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh city. Lisa has consulted for a number of organisations, including the Asian Development Bank, Mekong River Commission, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, CARE International, and numerous UN and other international organisations.

At the beginning of her career, Lisa worked mainly on climate change policy, and spent many years intensely involved in reporting on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations as the Team Leader for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin/International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Lisa was a Lead Author in AR5 and SREX, and is a founding Associate Editor of the journal Climate and Development (Taylor and Francis). She sits on the Editorial Board of the journal World Development Perspectives (Elsevier).

Lisa holds a PhD in Development Studies from University of East Anglia (2004) with a thesis entitled ‘Adaptation to Climate Change: A Development Perspective’. She undertook a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005-2007).

Lisa currently supervises two doctoral students: Wendy Conway-Lamb (University of Canberra) and Jamie Havercamp (University of Maine).



Sova, C. and Schipper, E.L.F. (in preparation for 2018) ‘Chapter 15: Adaptation policy in the developing and least developed countries’ in Keskitalo and Preston (eds.) Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing

Schipper, E.L.F., V. Le Masson, L. Langston, S. Kratzer, R. Sogani, E. Nyukuri, M.T. Arana (2017) ‘Closing the Knowledge Gaps on Gender and Climate Change for CCD’ in Nunan. F. (ed.) Making Climate Compatible Development Happen. Routledge: London.


Magnan, A., E.L.F. Schipper et al (2016) ‘Reframing Maladaptation to Climate Change’, WIREs Climate Change DOI: 10.1002/wcc.409

Schipper, E.L.F., Thomalla, F., Vulturius, G, Davis, M. and Johnson, K. (2016) Linking Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Development. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 7: 2

Wilkinson, E., L. Schipper, C. Simonet, Z. Kubik (2016) ‘Climate change, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ ODI Briefing Paper.

Nyukuri, E., Naess, L.O., Schipper, L. (2016) ‘Gender and Climate Compatible Development: Kenya Report’, London: CDKN and Practical Action Consulting.


Krueger, F., G. Bankoff, T. Cannon, E.L.F. Schipper, B. Orlowski (eds.) (2015) Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction, Routledge: London.

Schipper, E.L.F. (2015) ‘Religion and Belief Systems’ in Krueger, F., G. Bankoff, T. Cannon, E.L.F. Schipper, B. Orlowski (eds.) Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction, Routledge: London.

Thomalla, F., R. Smith, E.L.F. Schipper ‘Cultural Aspects of Risk to Environmental Changes and Hazards: A Review of Perspectives’ in M. Companion (ed.) (2015) Disasters' Impact on Livelihood and Cultural Survival: Losses, Opportunities, and Mitigation Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Schipper, E.L.F, L. Langston (2015) ‘A comparative overview of resilience measurement frameworks: analysing indicators and approaches’ ODI Working Paper 422.

Jones, L., E. Carabine, E.L.F. Schipper (2015) ‘(Re)conceptualising maladaptation in policy and practice: towards an evaluative framework’ PRISE Working Paper, ODI.


Cannon, T., E.L.F. Schipper, G. Bankoff, F. Krueger (eds.) (2014) World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Disasters, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC): Geneva.

Schipper, E.L.F., C. Merli, P. Nunn (2014) ‘Chapter 2: Culture, beliefs and people’s ways of perceiving risk’, in T. Cannon, E.L.F. Schipper, G. Bankoff, F. Krueger (eds.) World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Disasters, IFRC: Geneva.

Hewitson, B., A. Janetos, T. Carter, F. Giorgi, R.Jones, W-T Kwon, L. Mearns, E.L.F. Schipper, M. v. Aalst (2014) ‘Chapter 21: Regional Context’ in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Schipper, L., L. Langston (2014) ‘Gender equality and Climate Compatible Development Drivers and challenges to people’s empowerment’ ODI/CDKN Working Paper.

2013 and other key previous publications

Schipper, E.L.F., J. Ayers, H. Reid, S. Huq, A. Rahman (eds.) (2013) Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change: Scaling it Up, Routledge: London.

Cardona, O.D, M. van Aalst, J. Birkmann, M. Fordham, G. McGregor, R. Perez, R.S. Pulwarty, E.L.F. Schipper, B.T. Sinh (2012) ‘Chapter 2. Determinants of Risk: Exposure and Vulnerability’ in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Conway, D., E.L.F. Schipper (2011) ‘Adaptation to climate change in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities identified from Ethiopia’ Global Environmental Change, 1(21): 227-237.

Schipper, E.L.F (2010) ‘Religion as an Integral Part of Determining and Reducing Climate Change and Disaster Risk: an Agenda for Research’ in Voss, M. (ed.) Climate Change: The Social Science Perspective, pp.377-393, VS-Verlag: Wiesbaden, Germany.

Christoplos, I, T. Rodríguez, E.L.F. Schipper, et al (2010) ‘Learning from Recovery after Hurricane Mitch’ Disasters 34(2): S202-S219.

Schipper, E.L.F. (2009) ‘Meeting at the crossroads? Exploring the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction’ Climate and Development 1(1): 16-30.

Schipper, E.L.F. and I. Burton (eds.) (2009) The Earthscan Reader in Adaptation to Climate Change Earthscan: London.

Smakhtin, V., E.L.F. Schipper (2008) ‘Droughts: The Impact of Semantics and Perceptions’ Water Policy 10 (2): 131-143.

O’Brien, K., L. Sygna, R. Leichenko, W.N. Adger, J. Barnett, T. Mitchell, L. Schipper, T. Tanner, C. Vogel, C. Mortreux (2008) ‘Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Human Security’ Report prepared for the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) Project, GECHS Report 2008: 3.

Schipper, E.L.F. (2006) ‘Conceptual History of Adaptation to Climate Change under the UNFCCC’ Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) 15 (1): 82-92.

Schipper, E.L., E. Boyd (2006) ‘UNFCCC COP 11 and COP/MOP 1: At last, some hope?’ Journal of Environment and Development, 15(1): 75-90.

Schipper, L., M. Pelling (2006) ‘Disaster Risk, Climate Change and International Development: Scope for, and Challenges to, Integration’, Disasters, 30 (1): 19-38.

Burton, I., Huq, S., Lim, B., Pilifosova, O., Schipper, E.L. (2002) ‘From Impacts Assessment to Adaptation Priorities: The Shaping of Adaptation Policy’ Climate Policy, 2-3 (2): 145-159.