This theme issue is the outcome of two dialogues: the Development Studies Association (DSA) Climate Change and Development Study Group (London, 12 September 2008) and the DSA Annual Conference Climate Change and Development Futures Panel (London, 8 November 2008). Articles included were selected through an open peer review process, following an open call for papers on Climate-L email list serve and to the DSA network in July 2008. The editors wish to thank the participants of the Study Group for discussion and contributions to the articles presented here, and in particular the Leverhulme Trust for funding for one of the contributors. They also acknowledge valuable comments from Professor John Morton, Dr David Frame, Dr Adam Bumpus and Jessica Brown.
Exploring Development Futures in a Changing Climate: Frontiers for Development Policy and Practice
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
© The Authors 2009. Journal compilation © 2009 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Special Issue: Development futures in a changing climate
Volume 27, Issue 6, pages 659–674, November 2009
How to Cite
Boyd, E., Grist, N., Juhola, S. and Nelson, V. (2009), Exploring Development Futures in a Changing Climate: Frontiers for Development Policy and Practice. Development Policy Review, 27: 659–674. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2009.00464.x
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
- first submitted July 2009 final revision accepted August 2009
- climate change;
- development futures;
- social development
Climate change poses the most significant foreseeable threat to the development of humankind. Among the parts of the globe liable to be affected, the developing world is the most vulnerable to climate risks. Introducing a DPR theme issue on how development policy is responding to the increasingly pressured global climate agenda, this article reviews what is being done and still needs to be done, paying particular attention to action on three policy frontiers: (i) adaptation actions and finance, (ii) mitigation policies and their governance, and (iii) the implications for development planning. It addresses what will be needed for the development community to rise to the challenge in the run-up to the Copenhagen conference in 2009 and beyond.