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Neil Bird

Senior Research Fellow

Climate and Sustainability

Portrait of Neil Bird

Neil Bird's current research focuses on environmental policy and the international funding mechanisms that are being put in place to address climate change in aid-receiving countries. This work complements earlier research on aid architecture, national budgetary processes and sector policy for environment and natural resources.

Governance has been a long-standing theme in much of Neil’s work. He has been involved in a number of studies that have examined transparency and accountability in decision-making within the forest sector. He has also contributed to improvements in regulatory systems, having worked on forest law and regulations, the rationalisation of timber licensing and the development of forest certification.

Neil trained as a forester and has almost twenty years of experience as a development professional. Prior to joining ODI, Neil worked as a long-term adviser within several forest departments, most recently in Guyana (1999 to 2002) and prior to that in Belize (1992 to 1998) and Ghana (1988 to 1991).

BSc (Forestry), MSc (Forestry and its Relation to Land Use).

  1. Aligning climate finance and Aid for Trade: a new agenda for LDC negotiators

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Transformational change case study | Mexico: the contribution of the Forest Investment Program to forest and climate goals

    Case/country studies

  3. Evaluation of Danish funding for climate change mitigation in developing countries

    Research reports

  4. Assessing UK International Climate Finance actions against the Global Goal on Adaptation

    Research reports

  5. Evaluation of Danish support for climate change adaptation in developing countries

    Research reports

  6. Country experiences with decentralised climate finance: early outcomes

    Research reports

  7. UK climate finance and poverty reduction – an uncertain relationship

  8. Building capacity for the Paris Agreement's enhanced transparency framework

    Working papers

  9. Transformational change in the Climate Investment Funds: a synthesis of the evidence

    Research reports

  10. MEDIA NOTE: ODI experts available for interview at COP24 in Katowice, Poland

    Press Release

  11. Setting the Paris Agreement in motion

  12. Setting the Paris Agreement in motion: key requirements for the implementing guidelines

    Research reports

  13. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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