This Adaptation Without Borders white paper explores the main barriers that are currently hindering business actions on adaptation and the role of public policies in creating an enabling environment that will accelerate investments in adaptation solutions and scale up their deployment.
Why the UK Foreign Office’s international science and innovation division will be working closely with ODI, SEI and IDDRI to bring transboundary climate risk to the forefront ahead of COP26 and beyond.
Mikael Allan Mikaelsson is a Policy Fellow at SEI Headquarters with the International Climate Risk and Adaptation team. Mikael’s work focuses on transboundary climate risks and their impact on the global economy and wider society through international networks and interdependences, such as trade and supply chain networks. Transboundary climate risk refers to how climate impacts in one part of the world might affect economies and societies elsewhere. He is particularly interested in examining the state of knowledge and preparedness among public and private-sector actors across Europe and beyond to manage the risks from these cascading climate impacts, with the aim to design governance frameworks, policies and measures, which in concert, will build greater resilience to these effects of climate change. His work also examines the implications of transboundary climate risk for international relations and geopolitical tensions and explores how greater multilateral cooperation on climate risk assessments and adaptation could strengthen global resilience.
Mikael has over eight years of professional experience working on climate change at the intersection of science, technological innovation and international relations. Prior to SEI he worked for the UK Government’s international science and innovation division under the auspices of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, where he led the division’s involvement in COP26 and its regional work on net-zero transition and climate change in Europe and beyond. In this role, he was responsible for forging new and strengthening existing UK-European S&I collaboration around evidence-based climate policy, net-zero transition and research-driven climate adaptation.
In 2022, Mikael was appointed as an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), conferred by Her Majesty Queen of the United Kingdom, in recognition of his service to international collaboration on climate change.