Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Projects Archive

CLIMSAVE (CLimate change Integrated assessment Methodology for cross-Sectoral Adaptation and Vulnerability in Europe)

CLIMSAVE was a project to develop and apply an integrated methodology for stakeholder-led, climate change impact and vulnerability assessment that explicitly evaluated regional (sub-national) and continental scale adaptation options, and cross-sectoral interactions between the key sectors driving landscape change in Europe. The aim was to deliver a comprehensive and integrated methodology to assess cross-sectoral climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

ARCADIA (Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and Decision making using Integrated Assessment)

The aim of this project was to provide system-scale understanding of the inter-relationships between climate impacts, the urban economy, land use, transport and the built environment and to use this understanding to design cities that are more resilient and adaptable.

  • Funding: International Polar Year Initiative
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Led by:

Dynamics of Circumpolar Land Use and Ethnicity (CLUE): Social Impacts of Policy and Climate Change

This project examined how the impact of rapid climatic change among the peoples of the circumpolar rim, affect land use and ethnicity, seeking to uncover negotiated and path-dependant patterns of ethnicity in the context of these evolving rules and increasing natural resource pressures, rapid climate change and resultant 'rationalizations' of livelihoods.

Global Environmental Change and Food Systems Programme

Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) was an international, interdisciplinary research project which focussed on understanding the links between food security and global environmental change.

Climate Change and the Public Sphere

This project aimed to explore if and in what ways, members of the public from the Australian Capital Region alter their underlying dispositions and policy preferences when exposed to climate change information.

How would Football Save the Planet?

Oxford Utd explored the potential for sport to enthuse new audiences in the environmental challenge. In particular they looked at how the "sports psyche" and sports language can frame the environmental challenge in ways largely unexplored by green messaging to date.

The resilience of of ECosystems to environmental ChangeE: RECCE

Living with environmental change poses a number of management and policy challenges, such as having an understanding of how resilient ecosystems are in terms of buffering the impact of external pressures. The aim of this project was to take stock of the scientific, management and policy literature on this topic and assess the robustness of the evidence base that could be used to frame policy and management responses.

Climate Governance

The research project focused on ways of addressing institutional interactions in global environmental governance. The central research question of this project asked: "How can legal techniques and political mechanisms contribute to managing interactions between international agreements on climate change, so as to minimise conflicts between these agreements and enhance synergies between them?"

The Role of Key Developing Countries in Mitigating Climate Change

This research project examined the approaches developed and actions taken by key developing countries such as China, Mexico, Brazil, India and South Africa to mitigate climate change.

Environmental Legacy of the Beijing Olympics

The Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 including huge investments in environmental improvement, energy structure change, and public transport facilities. This work examined how much these environmental initiatives contributed to the success of the Games and what legacy these efforts may have for the establishment of a sustainable urban transport system in Beijing and in other cities in China.

Governing Climate Change at Global Cities: A Case Study of Beijing

The research aimed to understand the roles of non-nation state actors including the municipal government, businesses, and NGOs in Beijing’s climate change governance and draw implications for national climate policy and the post-Kyoto climate regime. The research examined Beijing’s climate change governance, identifying incentives and barriers behind the strategies and actions being undertaken.

How do Global Cities Mitigate Climate Change?

This project sought to understand how climate change was being addressed within cities, the roles of different public and private actors in shaping city wide responses to climate change and the barriers and opportunities presented when addressing climate change.

The Role of Non-Nation-State Actors (NNSAs) in the UNFCCC Negotiations

This project aimed to improve understanding of the emergent role of NNSAs in climate negotiations. Through this research, the team sought to document how NNSAs are "more effective, efficient and faster" than nation-states, in addressing climate change and how/if they are developing agency in the international climate policy arena.

Foreign assistance and low carbon economies

This project examined whether foreign aid can help drive positive change at the level of national economies, moving countries toward lower-carbon/higher value pathways of development, using the world’s largest database of foreign aid projects, PLAID.

  • Funding: Neilsen
  • 2007
  • Led by: Ian Curtis

Global Nielsen survey of consumer attitudes to climate change

This online survey, the largest of its kind to be conducted globally on the topic of climate change, was conducted in April 2007 and polled 26,486 internet users across 471 countries in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Climate: Media and Press

During 2006 and 2007, Max Boykoff carried out a number of media focussed research projects, investigating interactions between climate science, policy, media and the public. He looked at trends in media coverage of climate change and the promises and pitfalls of celebrity involvement.

Climate and Art: a series of colloborative events

A series of events were held from 2006 to bring together scientists and artists to address the issue of climate change. The events sought to engage opinion formers, generate debate, discuss how the arts can best engage a wider audience and define future collaborations, actions and programmes.

Impact of the 2005 Drought in the Amazon

The aim of this project was to map the spatial and temporal extent of the drought and its forest canopy in the Amazon, measure the impact of the drought on tree-level and stand-level ecological indicators and quantify drought responses and recovery of ecosystem processes.