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As Global Adviser in Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience with Oxfam, I have a practitioner's perspective with experience in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. I have worked in designing and implementing adaptation and development strategies that aim to support the poorest and marginalised, while recognising the importance of constructively engaging stakeholders from local to national levels. I led the development of the Vulnerability & Risk Assessment (VRA) approach that facilitates the development of a landscape wide and
cross-scalar understanding of vulnerability and the design of development pathways. As co-Principal Investigator in the "Adaptation at Scale in Semi Arid Regions" (ASSAR) project, I lead the Research-into-Use work stream, which aims to make research more participatory and recognise impact as its key objective. My focus areas in the context of climate change adaptation and development are vulnerability analysis, gender, cross-scalar participatory processes and transformation. On this last topic, I am a firm believer that, while incremental adaptation remains a pillar of the
climate efforts, in cases where social injustices underpin climate governance, adaptation without transformation is short-sighted, helps to perpetuate top-down development agendas and can even be unethical.
Before joining Oxfam, I worked with the Stockholm Environment Institute and with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability on climate change adaptation research and projects.
I have a Master's degree in Environment Management and Policy from Lund University's International Institute for Industrial Environment Economics (IIIEE),Sweden and have completed postgraduate courses on resilience and climate change adaptation at the UN University in Japan and at the University of London's SOAS.
Transformation, adaptation and development: relating concepts to practice (01 September 2017)
Food insecurity, conflict and climate change are among many stresses often originated in or made worse by bad, unrepresentative governance. Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser on Climate Change Adaptation,...
One year into Malawi 2020 Daniel Morchain looks how some of the stakeholders are working with the tea labourers central to the project to ensure that the tea industry in Malawi meets its responsibilities...
Successful adaptation to changing weather patterns depends on cooperation and commitment from across government and civil society reflects Daniel Morchain. Conducting a multi- stakeholder...
Disaster Risk Reduction
How can a development intervention achieve positive change for all, especially the poorest and most marginalised? Conducting a vulnerability risk assessment, using our new guide, would be a good...
Disaster Risk Reduction,
The Paris climate talks concluded last week with an agreement being reached between developed and developing nations. In parallel to these historical negotiations in other meetings across the French...
UN climate talks Paris
What should our approach to climate change be? Is it time to elevate the importance of morals and ethics in climate change debates? Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser on Climate Change Adaptation, reflects...
Today is UN World Environment Day, but unlike other more straightforward occasions, it is not always clear just how to celebrate this one. Here, Daniel Morchain suggests some possible ways that those...
As climate change continues to have a devastating impact on people's lives, Daniel Morchain argues that the challenge for climate change adaptation practitioners is to deliver a convincing message...
On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, land degradation is a major problem affecting small-scale subsistence farmers and large-scale producers alike. Daniel Morchain looks at...
The health of soil has a significant impact on food security, climate change adaptation and livelihoods. As the UN has declared 2015 to be the year of soils, Daniel Morchain explains why it is vital...
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