Prof. Declan Conway

Prof. Declan Conway

GRI ForestLAB project management, Professorial Research Fellow London School of Economics (Academic Lead LSE)

Declan’s research cuts across water, climate and the environment, with a strong focus on adaptation and the water-energy-food-environment nexus. Originally a geographer, Declan draws on insights from different disciplines to pursue problem focused research. He has over 25 years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Declan’s research funding has included the EU, UK departments DFID, Defra and DECC, UK NERC and ESRC, US NSF and the World Bank. Declan holds a BSc Geography, MSc Natural Resource Management and PhD on Climate Change and the Nile River (University of East Anglia, Climatic Research Unit). He taught at Addis Ababa University (1997), he was a Visiting Fellow in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2008) and Australian National Climate Adaptation Research Facility (2011) and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Global Environmental Change (2010-18). Declan was a faculty member in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia (2000-13) and joined the Grantham Research Institute in 2013.


Recent publications include a co-edited open access book Climate Risk in Africa. Adaptation and Resilience and articles; Climate risk and infrastructure in eastern Africa; The need for bottom-up approaches in adaptation. Comments include Carbon Brief Lessons from Africa on climate change adaptation and video New urban drought challenges for businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.