COP 18: Climate change resources

A range of resources relevant to the issues being discussed at COP18. Rapid environmental change and the key development challenges of alleviating poverty and inequity are inseparable and increasingly complex.

The STEPS Centre’s work looks at how pathways to sustainability – linking environmental integrity with social justice – can be built in today’s complex, dynamic world.

Investigating the effects of environmental change on the lives and livelihoods of the poor and marginalised is a common thread throughout our work. However some of our research concentrates on climate change and energy specifically.

With the COP18 UN Climate Change Conference being held in Quatar from 26 November to 7 December, we have brought many of our most relevant resources together in one place. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information, or to contact one of our experts.

At COP18

STEPS energy and climate change convenor Rob Byrne will be at COP18 and is speaking on 2 Dec about Innovation Systems in Developing Countries. Read the related policy brief (on the Climate Strategies website).

Climate change research at the ESRC STEPS Centre


  • Energy and Climate Change domain
    With increasing access to modern energy services a key international development priority, the STEPS Centre believes a much broader and ambitious approach to energy and development is needed.
  • Political Ecologies of Carbon in Africa
    New deals and funding mechanisms aim to reduce emissions. One consequence of this is the growth of a market in carbon. This project examines the power, politics and perceptions of carbon in Africa as new schemes are planned and put into action.
  • Uncertainty from Above and Below
    How do people deal with uncertainty about the climate? Theories, models and diagrams from “above” may have little to do with the way how everyday men and women live with, understand and cope with uncertainty. This project brings together the views of people who study uncertainty, with the perspectives of people who experience it.
  • Pro-poor, low carbon development
    This project aims to improve the transfer and uptake of low carbon technologies in developing countries, and to do so in ways that can assist in their economic development.