Lisa Schipper




Lisa Schipper, Ph.D
Overseas Development Institute, London, UK




Lisa Schipper is a Senior Scientist at SEI, with over a decade of professional experience in development and adaptation to climate change (policy, science and practice). She leads SEI-US work on adaptation to climate change. Lisa holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia (2004), an MSc in Environment and Development (also from UEA) and a BSc in Environmental Science (Brown University).Lisa’s research interests include examining socio-cultural aspects of vulnerability to climate change and other natural hazards, the relationship between adaptation and sustainable development, the links between adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and water management and adaptation to climate change.Prior to joining SEI’s Asia Centre in 2008, Lisa worked at the Southeast Asia START Regional Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She also spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the International Water Management Institute (a CGIAR centre) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Over the last decade, she has worked and consulted for the UNFCCC secretariat, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, IISD, UNDP, UNEP, UN/ISDR, GTZ, DfID, Danida, World Bank and Oxfam.Lisa has carried out research in Central America (El Salvador, Nicaragua), Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia) and Asia (Southeast and South Asia). She has also spent many years intensely involved in the UNFCCC negotiations as a team leader for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Research Interests/Expertise: community-based adaptation; socio-cultural vulnerability; disaster risk reduction; adaptation methods and tools

Selected Publications

Conway, D., & Schipper, E. L. F. (2011). Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities Identified from Ethiopia. Global Environmental Change, 21(1), pp. 227-237.

Schipper, E.L.F. (2007). Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Exploring the Linkages. Tyndall Working Paper No. 107.

Pelling, M. & Schipper, E.L.F. (2006). Disaster risk, climate change and international development: scope and challenges for integration. Disasters 30(1), pp. 19-38. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2006.00304.x