Clare Downing


Research Groups

Clare Downing

Centre Manager (CREDS)

Clare is an Adaptation Science Specialist in UKCIP where she is an expert on the European Topic Centre for Climate Change Adaptation for the European Environment Agency. She is interested in evaluating the science and process of adaptation through applied research and turning the results into practical plans, policy and guidance for users.

Her previous work in UKCIP includes work on climate change and social justice for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an assessment of the state of adaptation activities in the West Balkans and expert advice and stakeholder engagement within the Defra programme.

Clare has over 20 years’ experience in applied research and commercial consultancy within adaptation and environmental science. She has provided practical advice and guidance to Local Authorities, national Government departments, Climate-ADAPT, NGOs (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust) and International Donor Organisations. She was previously a Principal Consultant at Ricardo-AEA where she was responsible for project management and business development in the climate change area. She also has expertise in climate change mitigation, resource efficiency, air pollution, communications, marketing and behaviour change.


Downing, C. Assessing Adaptation Knowledge in Europe: Vulnerability to Climate Change. Final Report. (2017) 340202/2015/719923/SER/CLIMA.C.3. Project number: DESNL16057. © Ecofys. DG CLIMA, European Commission.

Street, R., Karali,E., Matterm, K., Downing, C., Sousa, A., Jol, A., Prosperini, C.X., & Loureco, T.C. Overview of climate change adaptation platforms in Europe. Technical Report No5/2015, European Environment Agency

Isoard, S., Prutsch, A., Mäkinen, K., Hildén, M., Downing, C., Street, R., Karali, E., MCCallum, S. & Biesbroek, R. National adaptation policy processes in European countries — 2014. EEA Report No 4/2014, ISBN: 978-92-9213-484-6

Isoard, S., Winograd, M., Georgi, B., Kurnik, B., Downing, C., Dige, G., Fussel, H. M., Schilling, J., van Aardenne, J., Hilden, M., Henrichs, T. Street, R., & McCallum, S. Adaptation in Europe - Addressing risks and opportunities from climate change in the context of socio-economic developments. EEA Report No 3/2013, ISBN: 978-92-9213-385-6

Ian Preston, Nick Banks, Katy Hargreaves, Aleksandra Kazmierczak, Karen Lucas, Ruth Mayne, Clare Downing and Roger Street. (2014) Climate Change and Social Justice: An Evidence Review. Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)

Horrocks, L, Beckford, J, Hodgson, N, Downing, C, Davey, R and O’Sullivan, A. (2010). Adapting the ICT Sector to the Impacts of Climate Change – Final Report, Defra contract number RMP5604. AEA group, published by Defra.

Lisa Mattsson, Aisling O’Sullivan, Clare Downing (2010). Linking business advice on adaptation and sustainability. AEA Group, for Climate South East/UKCIP//Defra.

Clare Downing1, Felix Preston1, Diana Parusheva1, Lisa Horrocks1, Oliver Edberg1, Frederick Samazzi2, Richard Washington3, Martin Muteti4, Paul Watkiss5, Wilfred Nyangena6 (2008). Final Report Kenya: Climate Screening and Information Exchange, Report to Department for International Development. ED 05603, Issue Number 2.

Other publications:

Session report - Capturing and sharing knowledge on adaptation across Europe: how to support decision makers in the EU (Session 5.4). Downing, C., Ramieri, E., and Mattern, K. 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2017, Glasgow.

Blog - Getting adaptation into practice – reflections from ECCA 2017 (June 2017). Downing, C.

Panel member and presenter on Adaptation and infrastructure for Resilient Oxford – Workshop on 100 Resilient Cities Fund. October 2015

Blog - Making vulnerable voices heard in flood protection decisions (Feb 2014). Downing, C.