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<p>Tom Mitchell is ODI&rsquo;s Head of Climate Change. A geographer by training, Tom carried out his doctoral fieldwork on disaster risk management in the Caribbean and has since worked extensively on issues related to the governance and poverty-dimensions of disaster risk and adaptation to climate change. Tom has served as a co-ordinating lead author of the IPCC and is currently a lead author on the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.</p>

Dr. Tom Mitchell is Head of Climate Change at ODI, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. He is also a Senior Advisor in the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, in which he oversees the research and knowledge management components. Tom is a serving IPCC WG2 Co-ordinating Lead Author of the Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters and a Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. His research is focused on climate-related disaster risk management, adaptation finance and the links between climate action and poverty reduction.

  1. Rio+20: the UN Conference on Sustainable Development


  2. Seduced by disaster insurance? Don’t dive in

  3. Businesses must adapt in the quest for sustainability

  4. Separated at birth, reunited in Rio? A roadmap to bring environment and development back together

    Working papers

  5. Tackling exposure: Placing disaster risk management at the heart of national economic and fiscal policy

    Book/book chapter

  6. Will climate-related disasters test humanitarian relief to destruction?

  7. Two major new ODI projects on increasing resilience to natural hazards

    Press Release

  8. Preparing for the future? Rethinking support for adaptive capacity to climate change


  9. Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation


  10. Managing disasters in a changing climate: Introducing the IPCC ‘Special Report on Extreme Events’


  11. Ten key messages of the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events

  12. Strengthening resilience: can ‘disaster risk management’ offer a foundation?

  13. ‘Anticipation and resilience’? Assessing the Government’s response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review

  14. Climate change, disasters and electricity generation

    Working papers

  15. Financing improvements in the governance of climate risk

  16. How can national delivery of climate finance be secured effectively?


  17. Why is Britain ending support to UNISDR?

  18. Defining climate compatible development

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Disasters: Improving the evidence base for prevention, resilience and emergency response


  20. 'Climate smart' disaster risk reduction

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