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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. Resource guide for NDC finance


  2. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2017


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

  4. Climate finance fundamentals 3: adaptation finance (2017 update)


  5. Climate finance fundamentals 8: Asia (2017 update)


  6. Climate finance fundamentals 12: small island developing states (2017 update)


  7. Climate finance fundamentals 9: Middle East and North Africa (2017 update)


  8. Climate finance fundamentals 7: Sub-Saharan Africa (2017 update)


  9. Climate finance fundamentals 6: Latin America (2017 update)


  10. Climate finance fundamentals 4: mitigation finance (2017 update)


  11. Financing the transition from brown to green: how to track country performance towards low carbon, climate-resilient economies

    Research reports

  12. Climate finance fundamentals 5: REDD+ finance (2017 update)


  13. Infographics: climate change, migration and displacement

  14. Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach

    Research reports

  15. Climate finance fundamentals 2: the global climate finance architecture (2017 update)

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Climate finance fundamentals 11: the Green Climate Fund (2017 update)

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Our Shared Future: implementing the sustainable development, climate change and humanitarian summit agendas

    Working papers

  18. Financing our shared future: navigating the humanitarian, development and climate finance agendas

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Three top takeaways on climate finance going into COP22

  20. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2016

    Briefing/policy papers

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