Energy and Environment

Climate change, urban pollution, and the preservation of biodiversity are currently the key global challenges facing politicians and practitioners. Despite increasing attention on the link between sustainability and development, climate change will disproportionately affect least-developed economies and the poorest people throughout the world. In addition, rapidly growing urban populations stress our water supply and sanitation infrastructure, and place onerous demands on local, regional and global development programs. And, in low-income countries, increasing competition for land and resources has led to agricultural intensification and to rising concerns related to deforestation, biodiversity and sustainable food production.
The purpose of this research programme is to provide interdisciplinary analysis in order to better understand how people and the natural world are affected by development decisions. Coverage includes: ethical and philosophical aspects of climate change, agriculture, sanitation, water, biodiversity, malnutrition, and development, as well as interactions between formal and informal actors on each of these topics.


Climate change

Food and water security

Agriculture and rural development

Renewable energy

Nuclear energy


Daniel Callies | A-id: Agenda for International Development

Daniel Callies

Research Associate

Dominic Lenzi | A-id: Agenda for International Development

Dominic Lenzi

Research Associate

Jessica Omukuti

Research Associate

Articles on this Topic

How is climate change impacting coral reefs, and is the outlook for reefs significantly better if we achieve the targets set by the Paris Agreement?

What will climate change…

February 10, 2019
The summary for policymakers report says that ‘climate-related risks for natural and human systems are higher for global warming of 1.5°C than at present but lower than at 2°C.

What’s the role for…

February 10, 2019
The science is clear—it’s time for our resolve and action to follow suit.

1.5°C: What’s the…

February 10, 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa is undoubtedly the most important frontier for climate change mitigation and adaptation. More than 620 million people, two-thirds of the population, lack access to electricity. Electrifying sub-Saharan Africa using existing energy mix jeopardizes the goal of limiting warming below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels reiterated in the Paris Agreement. Finding a low carbon path for sub-Saharan Africa requires significant investment and cooperation in renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, nuclear, and biofuels.

Financing Wind Power…

October 12, 2017