Janani Vivekananda
Head of Programme Climate Diplomacy and Security

Janani Vivekananda is Head of Programme Climate Diplomacy and Security at adelphi, where she specialises in climate change and peacebuilding. As a peacebuilding practitioner with a background in peace and disaster risk reduction field research and operations, the aim of her work is to connect ground realities with policy processes and vice versa to promote the linked goals of peace and climate action. Her work to-date involves designing and conducting participatory and inclusive research on climate-related security risks and responses, promoting risk informed responses, and increasing the capacity of governments and civil society to integrate climate and conflict risk into policies and field projects. Her particular interests and strengths lie in understanding the complexities of climate-, conflict- and natural-resource-related risks from a local contextual level and feeding these nuances into policy work. Janani holds master’s degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and from the University of Oxford.

“I am motivated by the desire to promote the linked goals of sustainable peace, development, and climate action. My aim is to ensure that every project I engage in does no harm, and actively does good to the peace and climate resilience context.”

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Difficult Environments: Bridging Concepts and Practice for Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development

    Hamza, M., Smith, D. & Vivekananda, J. 2012: Difficult Environments: Bridging Concepts and Practice for Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development.
  • Adapting to Change: the linked challenges of building resilient communities

    Smith, Dan & Janani Vivekananda (ed.) 2011: Adapting to Change: the linked challenges of building resilient communities. New York: UNDP.
  • Practice Note: Conflict Sensitive Responses to Climate Change in South Asia

    Vivekananda, Janani 2011: Practice Note: Conflict Sensitive Responses to Climate Change in South Asia. Brüssel: International Alert,
  • Climate Change, governance and fragility: Rethinking adaptation – Lessons from Nepal

    Vivekananda, Janani 2010: Climate Change, governance and fragility: Rethinking adaptation – Lessons from Nepal. Initiative for Peacebuilding: International Alert,
  • Climate, Conflict and Fragility: Understanding the linkages, shaping effective responses

    Smith, D & Vivekananda, J 2009: Climate, Conflict and Fragility: Understanding the linkages, shaping effective responses. International Alert:
  • A Climate of Conflict, The links between climate change, peace and war

    Smith, D & Vivekananda, J 2007: A Climate of Conflict, The links between climate change, peace and war. International Alert:

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