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  • Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

Dr. Richard Klein is Senior Research Fellow and at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SE), where he leads the global theme ‘Reducing Climate Risk’. He is also Professor of Geography, Climate Policy and Development at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University.

Richard is the founder and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Climate and Development, which first appeared in 2009. He has been an IPCC author since 1994, and co-director and chief scientist of the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR) since 2011. Before moving to Stockholm in 2006, Richard spent almost eight years at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He began his career at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University in Amsterdam in 1992.

Much of Richard’s current work addresses the role of adaptation in the design and implementation of a global climate policy agreement, but his work also concerns societal and institutional adaptation in Sweden and other European countries. He has led a series of large international collaborative research and capacity-building projects and programmes. In addition, he has advised a range of governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations and private firms.

Richard is an expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change, with more than twenty years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice. He is currently based in Bonn, Germany.