An internationally leading expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change and trained as a geographer, Dr. Klein has almost twenty years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice. Since 2010 he also holds a part-time position as adjunct professor at Linköping University, where he contributes to the development of the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research.
Since 1994 Dr Klein has contributed as lead author to six reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), of which three as coordinating lead author. He remains the youngest first-listed author of an IPCC chapter, a mark he set when appointed coordinating lead author in 1997. He also contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and Tony Blair’s initiative ‘Breaking the Climate Deadlock’, and he is the founder and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Climate and Development.
Most of Dr Klein’s current activities address the role of adaptation in the design and implementation of a global climate policy agreement. He focuses on the generation, delivery and use of financial resources for adaptation in developing countries; the integration (‘mainstreaming’) of adaptation and development policy; and the involvement of private firms in reducing people’s vulnerability and advancing adaptation. He is one of the initiators of AdaptationWatch: an international alliance to promote transparency and accountability in the governance and use of international adaptation finance.
But Dr Klein’s work also concerns social and institutional adaptation in Sweden and other European countries. He is co-director and chief scientist of the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR), which has been established by the Top-Level Research Initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers. NORD-STAR is a collaborative effort of SEI, Linköping University and seven other institutes in the five Nordic countries.