“Closing the climate adaptation gap: Unlocking opportunities for transformative change”

Adapt Lock-in is hosting an international (virtual) conference on 24-25 March 2022.

The conference will address the following themes:

  • Examining the adaptation gap through the lens of lock-ins
  • Adapting our coastlines – barriers, lock-in dynamics and opportunities for transformative change
  • Human health under extremes
  • Adapting to ‘too much’ or ‘too little’ water
  • Addressing the nature crisis – Adapting for nature and adapting with nature
  • Closing the adaptation gap – Next steps and unlocking opportunities

Registration opens January 2022

Aim & goalsTo effectively adapt and keep pace with the rising impacts of climate change we cannot maintain business-as-usual. However, a range of barriers, path dependencies and self-reinforcing ‘lock-in’ dynamics are impeding efforts to adapt and are proving difficult to change. While ‘carbon lock-ins’ have increasingly been studied in climate mitigation, this conference turns the spotlight towards the lock-ins restricting climate adaptation and seeks to understand how these play out across different policy sectors and countries. Only by understanding these can we identify strategies for ‘unlocking’ opportunities for transformative change. The conference will bridge the gap between research and practice as we collectively try to accelerate adaptation to climate change. This will be a valuable opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and best practices across countries and policy sectors, such as flood & coastal erosion risk management, biodiversity, forestry, water and health. Our speakers have been invited based on their established expertise in these areas.

Attendees – The conference will bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers across countries. Diversity is at the heart of this conference as we strive to represent different policy sectors, types of expertise and experiences across countries, to facilitate knowledge exchange and accelerate adaptation action.

Desired outcome and impact – Through interactive discussions and critical debates we will co-produce a series of actions and recommendations for overcoming the barriers and lock-in dynamics that continue to hinder adaptation efforts, while highlighting opportunities for transformative change. These recommendations will be published in a short policy brief that will be made available to all. Collectively, we will contribute to the growing international conversation and calls for action emerging from, among others, the IPCC, the Climate Adaptation Summit, the Global Commission on Adaptation and COP26.

Logistics – The conference is free to attend and open to all. This event is being hosted by the Adapt Lock-in project (, funded by DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the Dutch Research Council NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) and the Economic and Social Research Council, UK.

Please direct any queries to [email protected]  

Mental Health

“We are not equal when it comes to heat” – Interview with Dr Lisanne Groen

Adapt Lock-in researcher, Dr Lisanne Groen, gave a recent interview with Missions Publiques on the intrinsic links between climate change and health.

Here are some key take home messages:

  • Climate change not only impacts physical health but also has significant implications for mental health. For instance, mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder may result from exposure to climate-related hazards such as floods.
  • Climate change exacerbates health inequalities, and it is vital that this is recognised policy responses to climate change.
  • However, mental health under climate change is still not on the radar in many countries. There is a need to raise the profile of mental health and ensure policies are designed accordingly.

Lisanne also talks about a range of other issues, such as the importance of including indigenous peoples’ knowledge in European climate policies and ensuring that consultation processes are inclusive and accessible to all. She also reflects on the role of the EU in international environmental negotiations.

The full article can be accessed HERE