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Charlene Watson

Senior Research Associate

  • Climate and Sustainability
Portrait of Charlene Watson

Charlene's research interests focus on the complexities associated with channelling and programming climate finance effectively and how all finance flows can be made consistency with climate objectives.

As part of the Climate and Sustainability Programme, Charlene’s work at ODI focuses on the flows, sources and instruments of climate finance at both the national and international level as well as how wider finance flows can become more consistent with climate objectives. Within this her work considers what constitutes climate-related expenditure as well as monitoring and tracking finance and financial incentives so as to explore the effectiveness of the spend; a delicate balance between competing objectives and reliant on an enabling environment.

Charlene’s experience spans academia, multilateral institutions and NGOs. Her prior experience centres around forest conservation and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) which brings together a number of contemporary issues in conservation and development, as well as presenting interesting challenges for international climate change policy and finance. Her work before joining ODI included environmental valuation, forest carbon accounting, and environmental cost-benefit analyses.

  1. A common framework is needed to track progress towards climate goals

  2. Shaping the future of climate finance: now or never

  3. Think Change episode 14: climate loss and damage – who should pay?

  4. Options for embedding Article 2.1c in the New Collective Quantified Goal on climate finance

    Working papers

  5. Surfacing perceptions of equity in the finance themes of the Global Stocktake

    Research reports

  6. Seven ways the Global Stocktake can accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuel finance


  7. Seven ways the Global Stocktake can strengthen the post-2020 climate finance agenda


  8. Consistency case studies: actions supporting Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement in Colombia and Switzerland

    Case/country studies

  9. Exploring loss and damage finance and its place in the Global Stocktake

    Research reports

  10. REDD+ finance: who's counting?

  11. The Climate Transparency Report 2020

    Research reports

  12. Just add water: a landscape analysis of climate finance for water

    Research reports

  13. The untold story of water in climate adaptation. II. 15 countries speak

    Research reports

  14. Understanding finance in the Global Stocktake

    Working papers

  15. Brown to green: the G20 transition towards a net-zero emissions economy 2019

    Research reports

  16. Climate finance post-COP24: my personal ‘manifesto’ for 2019

  17. Brown to green: the G20 transition towards a low-carbon economy

    Research reports

  18. Resource guide for NDC finance


  19. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2017


  20. One Planet: was Macron’s summit value-added?

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