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Daniel Morchain

Senior Adviser, Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation


Office Location: Oxford, UK

As Senior Adviser, Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation, 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)