Dr Sander Chan, Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), will join the Global Center on Adaptation’s (GCA) Knowledge and Research Hub in Groningen, the Netherlands. From September 2020 on, he will lead research on non-state climate action, particularly focusing on the role of such action in increasing adaptive capacities and resilience to the climate change impacts.
Sander Chan highlights the importance of non-state and private sector engagement:
“Current policies fall far short of realizing a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. Beyond governments, however, we see a groundswell of actions by businesses, investors, civil society organizations, and local communities, each stepping up with promises to accelerate decarbonization and adaptation.”
Founded in 2017, the GCA brokers solutions to accelerate action and support for adaptation, from the international to the local level, in partnership with the public and private sectors, to ensure mutual learning and collaboration towards a climate resilient future.
As senior researcher at the GCA, Sander Chan will aim to build strong collaborations:
“The challenge to adapt to climate change features a myriad of complex interactions and requires interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches to address knowledge gaps. Global research collaborations will be key to fill these gaps.”
Chan will remain affiliated with DIE, collaborating on research on transnational climate governance. He will also remain affiliated with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University as adjunct assistant professor.