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Neil Adger


Neil Adger is a leading social scientist on economic and social dynamics of environmental change, resilience and vulnerability. His work has been published across the social and natural sciences with landmark publications on social and ecological resilience, adaptation to global environmental change, and migration, human security and demography. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in the Social Sciences and collaborates with leading scientists across the world. Neil has extensive leadership and management experience in national and international research consortia and scientific assessments. He was a founding member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK at the University of East Anglia and has led on Environment and Sustainability for the University of Exeter’s Humanities and Social Science Strategy. He currently researches social dynamics of well-being, health, migration and climate change. He leads, for example, the DFID/IDRC-funded CARIAA research on migration as adaptation to climate change in deltas along with Professor Sam Codjoe, and ESRC-DFD funded research on new migrant populations and sustainable cities, with Professor Tasneem Siddiqui.


Neil has contributed to global debates on sustainable development and its social interactions, and has served as a senior author on the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; as Lead Author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment that defined and popularised ecosystem services; as a Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Climate and Health 2015, and the UK Foresight field-defining report on Migration and Global Environmental Change in 2011.

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