SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Dr Thomas Tanner

BA (Cambridge), MSc (LSE), PhD (University of Leicester)
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Overview

Tom Tanner
Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Reader in Environment and Development

Centre for Sustainable Finance

Member

SOAS South Asia Institute

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Dr Thomas Tanner
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Biography

Tom is a development geographer with a background in environmental change, development studies, environmental economics and political science. He specialises in building resilience and adaptation to climate change through research, policy and practice. His research interests include climate change policy and planning, anticipatory decision-making, urban resilience, policy processes and political economy, and child-led approaches to resilience. He has extensive research experience in South Asia leading research partnership funded by ESRC, DFID, World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Tom has authored numerous research articles (Google Scholar), co-authored of the leading textbook on Climate Change and Development (2014, Routledge) and edited a book on innovations in Disaster Risk Management (2017, Springer).

Teaching

Research

Current and recent externally funded projects:

Understanding adaptation planning and finance in South Asia

Research to support knowledge sharing, examining the ACT (Action on Climate Today) programme, a five-year initiative with governments in South Asia to develop and finance adaptation strategies to build resilience to the impact of climate change, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Forecast-based Early Action

A range of large-scale social protection and risk financing initiatives, as well as promising innovations in forecast-based early action (FbA), have emerged in recent years. The Taking Forecast-Based Early Action to Scale project is funded under the UK Met Offices WISER programme. The project assesses the evidence, political economy and opportunities for institutionalising FbA through modifications to existing forecasting, decision-making, financing and delivery mechanisms.

Triple Dividend of Disaster Risk Management

The Triple Dividend of Resilience is an applied research project working with internationally renowned experts in the economics of disaster risk management, focused on a framework for and evidence of wider breadth of co-benefits from investments to build disaster resilience. A framework for conducting more complete appraisals of investments is now being employed across a variety of international agencies and programming.

Funded by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Publications

Authored Books

Tanner, Thomas and Horn-Phathanothai, Leo (2014) Climate Change and Development. London, UK: Routledge.

Articles

Nightingale, Andrea J and Eriksen, Siri and Taylor, Marcus and Forsyth, Timothy J and Pelling, Mark and Newsham, Andrew and Boyd, Emily and Brown, Katrina and Harvey, Blane and Jones, Lindsey and Bezner Kerr, Rachel and Mehta, Lyla and Naess, Lars Otto and Ockwell, David and Scoones, Ian and Tanner, Thomas and Whitfield, Stephen (2019) 'Beyond Technical Fixes: climate solutions and the great derangement'. Climate and Development. [Forthcoming]

Tanner, Thomas and Zaman, R.U. and Acharya, S and Gogoi, E and Bahadur, A.V. (2019) 'Influencing resilience: The role of policy entrepreneurs in mainstreaming climate adaptation'. Disasters, (43) S3, pp S388-S411.

Bene, C and Cannon, T and Gupte, J and McGranahan, G and Mehta, L and Tanner, Thomas (2018) 'Resilience as a policy narrative: potentials and limits in the context of urban planning'. Climate and Development, (10) 2, pp 116-133.

Jones, Lindsey and Tanner, Thomas (2017) '‘Subjective resilience’: using perceptions to quantify household resilience to climate extremes and disasters.'. Regional Environmental Change, (17) 1, pp 229-243.

Naess, Lars Otto and Newell, Peter and Newsham, Andrew and Phillips, Jon and Quan, Julian and Tanner, Thomas (2015) 'Climate policy meets national development contexts: Insights from Kenya and Mozambique'. Global Environmental Change, (35), pp 534-544.

Jones, L and Dougill, A and Jones, R and Steynor, A and Watkiss, P and Kane, C and Koelle, B and Moufouma-Okia, W and Padgham, J and Ranger, N and Roux, J-P and Suarez, P and Tanner, Thomas and Vincent, K (2015) 'Ensuring climate information guides long-term development'. Nature Climate Change, (5), pp 812-814.

Haynes, Katharine and Tanner, Thomas (2015) 'Empowering young people and strengthening resilience: Youth-centred participatory video as a tool for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction'. Children's Geographies, (13) 3, pp 357-371.

Tanner, Thomas and Lewis, D and Wrathall, D and Bronen, R and Cradock-Henry, N and Huq, S and Lawess, C and Nawrotski, R and Prasad, V and Rahman, Md. A and Alaniz, R and King, K and McNamara, K and Nadiruzzaman, Md. and Henly-Shepard, S and Thomalla, F (2015) 'Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change'. Nature Climate Change, (1) 4, pp 23-26.

Bahadur, Aditya and Tanner, Thomas (2014) 'Transformational resilience thinking: Putting people, power and politics at the heart of urban climate resilience'. Environment and Urbanization, (26) 1, pp 200-214.

Bahadur, Aditya V. and Tanner, Thomas (2014) 'Policy climates and climate policies: Analysing the politics of building urban climate change resilience'. Urban Climate, (7), pp 20-32.

Tanner, Thomas and Jackson, Carl and Seballos, Fran and Clark, Jane (2013) 'Learning to tackle climate change: innovative approaches to knowledge sharing and co-production in highly dispersed development organisations'. Knowledge Management for Development, (9) 1, pp 9-23.

Bahadur, Aditya V. and Ibrahim, Maggie and Tanner, Thomas (2013) 'Characterising resilience: unpacking the concept for tackling climate change and development'. Climate and Development, (5) 1, pp 55-65.

Davies, Mark and Béné, Christophe and Arnall, Alexander and Tanner, Thomas and Newsham, Andrew and Coirolo, Cristina (2013) 'Promoting Resilient Livelihoods through Adaptive Social Protection: Lessons from 124 programmes in South Asia'. Development Policy Review, (31) 1, pp 27-58.

Tanner, Thomas and Seballos, Frances (2012) 'Action Research with Children: Lessons from Tackling Disasters and Climate Change'. IDS Bulletin, (43) 3, pp 59-70.

Tanner, Thomas and Allouche, Jeremy (2011) 'Towards a New Political Economy of Climate Change and Development'. IDS Bulletin, (42) 3, pp 1-14.

Hiraldo, Rocío and Tanner, Thomas (2011) 'Forest Voices: Competing Narratives over REDD+'. IDS Bulletin, (42) 3, pp 42-51.

Alam, Khurshid and Shamsuddoha, Md and Tanner, Thomas and Sultana, Moshahida and Huq, Muhammad Jahedul and Kabir, Sumaiya S. (2011) 'The Political Economy of Climate Resilient Development Planning in Bangladesh'. IDS Bulletin, (42) 3, pp 52-61.

Tanner, Thomas (2010) 'Shifting the Narrative: Child-led Responses to Climate Change and Disasters in El Salvador and the Philippines'. Children & Society, (24) 4, pp 339-351.

Tanner, Thomas and Garcia, Mercedes and Lazcano, Jimena and Molina, Fatima and Molina, Grace and Rodriguez, Gonzalo and Tribunalo, Baltz and Seballos, Fran (2009) 'Children’s participation in community-based disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change'. Participatory Learning and Action, (60), pp 54-64.

Molina, Fatima and Molina, Grace and Tanner, Thomas and Seballos, Fran (2009) 'Child-friendly participatory research tools'. Participatory Learning and Action, (60), pp 160-166.

Jun, Xia and Tanner, Thomas and Xiaojie, Liu and Guoyu, Ren and Maochao, Yan and Holman, Ian (2009) 'Screening for Climate Change Adaptation: Managing the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Water Sector in China'. Advances in Climate Change Research, (5) Suppl., pp 41-46.

Tanner, Thomas and Rodríguez, Gonzalo and Lazcano, Jimena (2008) 'Los niños y niñas, y la gestión de riesgo: Un rol clave en la prevención de desastres'. Medio Ambiente y Urbanización, (69) 1, pp 117-134.

Tanner, Thomas and Mitchell, Tom (2008) 'Entrenchment or Enhancement: Could Climate Change Adaptation Help to Reduce Chronic Poverty?'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 4, pp 6-15.

Tanner, Thomas and Mitchell, Tom (2008) 'Introduction: Building the Case for Pro-Poor Adaptation'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 4, pp 1-5.

Tanner, Thomas (2008) 'Climate Risk Screening of Development Portfolios and Programmes'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 4, pp 87-95.

Davies, Mark and Guenther, Bruce and Leavy, Jennifer and Mitchell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas (2008) '‘Adaptive Social Protection’: Synergies for Poverty Reduction'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 4, pp 105-112.

Mitchell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas (2008) 'Defining a Future Research Agenda on Pro-Poor Adaptation'. IDS Bulletin, (39) 4, pp 130-132.

Klein, Richard J. T. and Eriksen, Siri E. H. and Næss, Lars Otto and Hammill, Anne and Tanner, Thomas and Robledo, Carmenza and O’Brien, Karen L. (2007) 'Portfolio screening to support the mainstreaming of adaptation to climate change into development assistance'. Climatic Change, (84) 1, pp 23-44.

Yamin, Farhana and Mitchell, Thomas and Tanner, Thomas (2005) 'Linking Climate Adaptation: A Research Agenda'. IDS Bulletin, (36) 4, pp 126-131.

Edited Books or Journals

Surminski, Swenja and Tanner, Thomas, (eds.), (2016) Realising the 'Triple Dividend of Resilience': A New Business Case for Disaster Risk Management. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. (Climate Risk Management, Policy and Governance).

Tanner, Thomas and Naess, Lars Otto, (eds.), (2013) Climate, Disasters and Development post-2015, IDS Virtual Bulletin, Issue 4. Institute of Development Studies.

Tanner, Thomas and Mitchell, Tom, (eds.), (2008) Poverty in a Changing Climate, IDS Bulletin, Volume 39, Issue 4. Institute of Development Studies.

Book Chapters

Tanner, Thomas and Mensah, Adelina and Lawson, Elaine T. and Gordon, Chris and Godfrey-Wood, Rachel and Cannon, Terry (2017) 'Political Economy of Climate Compatible Development: Artisanal Fisheries and Climate Change in Ghana'. In: Nunan, Fiona, (ed.), Making Climate Compatible Development Happen. London, UK: Routledge, pp 223-143.

Tanner, Thomas and Surminski, Swenja and Wilkinson, Emily and Reid, Robert and Rentschler, Jun and Rajput, Sumati and Lovell, Emma (2016) 'The Triple Dividend of Resilience—A New Narrative for Disaster Risk Management and Development'. In: Surminski, Swenja and Tanner, Thomas, (eds.), Realising the 'Triple Dividend of Resilience': A New Business Case for Disaster Risk Management. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp 1-29.

Griffith-Jones, Stephany and Tanner, Thomas (2016) 'Financial Crises and Economic Resilience: Lessons for Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Dividends'. In: Surminski, Swenja and Tanner, Thomas, (eds.), Realising the 'Triple Dividend of Resilience': A New Business Case for Disaster Risk Management. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp 151-172.

Rai, Neha and Tanner, Thomas (2016) 'National political economy of climate funds: case studies of the PPCR and the SREP'. In: Fisher, Susannah and Rai, Neha, (eds.), The Political Economy of Low Carbon Resilient Development: Planning and implementation. London, UK: Routledge, pp 65-87.

Tanner, Thomas and Harvey, Blane (2013) 'Social justice and low carbon development'. In: Urban, Frauke and Nordensvard, Johan, (eds.), Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. London, UK: Routledge, pp 55-65.

Alam, Khurshid and Tanner, Thomas and Shamsuddoha, Md. and Mamunur Rashid, A. K. M. and Sultana, Moshahida and Huq, Muhammad Jahedul and Kabir, Sumaiya S. and Ullah, Sifayet (2013) 'Planning “Exceptionalism”? Political Economy of Climate Resilient Development in Bangladesh'. In: Shaw, Rajib and Mallick, Fuad and Islam, Aminul, (eds.), Climate Change Adaptation Actions in Bangladesh. Tokyo, Japan: Springer, pp 387-417.

Xia, Jun and Tanner, Thomas and Holman, Ian (2013) 'Addressing water security in China: screening for climate impacts and adaptation responses'. In: Palutikof, Jean and Boulter, Sarah L. and Ash, Andrew J. and Stafford Smith, Mark and Parry, Martin and Waschka, Marie and Guitart, Daniela, (eds.), Climate Adaptation Futures. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 287-293.

Tanner, Thomas (2012) 'Youth, Gender and Climate Change: Moving from Impacts to Agency'. In: Perisic, Mima and Komarecki, Marina and Minujin, Alberto, (eds.), Adolescent Girls, Cornerstone of Society: Building Evidence and Policies for Inclusive Societies. New York, USA: New School University, pp 155-163.

Nair, Sreeja and Tanner, Thomas and Bhadwal, Suruchi (2010) 'Evaluation of Adaptation to Climate Change and Climate Risk Screening'. In: van den Berg, Rob D. and Feinstein, Osvaldo N., (eds.), Evaluating Climate Change and Development. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp 399-412.

Monographs and Working Papers

Tanner, Thomas and Uz Zaman, Rizwan and Acharya, Sunil (2018) Influencing adaptation policy: The role of policy entrepreneurs in securing ownership and climate action in South Asia. ACT (Action on Climate Today).

Tanner, Thomas and Acharya, Sunil and Bahadur, Aditya (2018) Perceptions of climate change: Applying assessments to policy and practice. ACT (Action on Climate Today).

Tanner, Thomas and Bahadur, Aditya and Moench, Marcus (2017) Challenges for resilience policy and practice. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Peters, Katie and Bahadur, Aditya and Tanner, Thomas and Langston, Lara (2016) ‘Resilience’ across the post-2015 frameworks: towards coherence?. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Bahadur, Aditya and Tanner, Thomas and Pichon, Florence (2016) Enhancing Urban Climate Change Resilience: Seven Entry Points for Action (Sustainable Development Working Papers No. 47). Philippines: Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Lovell, Emma and Bahadur, Aditya and Tanner, Thomas and Morsi, Hani (2016) Resilience: the big picture - top themes and trends. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Tanner, Thomas and Wilkinson, Emily (2016) Time to act: investing in resilience. Geneva, Switzerland: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Griffith-Jones, Stephany and Tanner, Thomas (2016) Financial Crises and Economic Resilience: Lessons for Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Dividends. World Bank Policy Research Papers. World Bank, Washington D.C..

Tanner, Thomas and Surminski, Swenja and Wilkinson, Emily and Reid, Robert and Rentschler, Jun and Rajput, Sumati (2015) The Triple Dividend of Resilience: Realising development goals through the multiple benefits of disaster risk management. London: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank and Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Wilkinson, Emily and Tanner, Thomas and Simonet, Catherine and Pichon, Florence (2015) The geography of poverty and climate extremes. in Wilkinson, Emily and Peters, Katie (eds.) Climate extremes and resilient poverty reduction: Development designed with uncertainty in mind. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja and Tanner, Thomas and van der Geest, Kees and Warner, Koko (2015) Livelihood resilience in a changing world – 6 global policy recommendations for a more sustainable future. UNU-EHS Working Paper Series, No. 22. Bonn: United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Jones, Lindsey and Tanner, Thomas (2015) Measuring 'subjective resilience': using peoples' perceptions to quantify household resilience. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Carabine, Elizabeth and Cabot Venton, Courtenay and Tanner, Thomas and Bahadur, Aditya (2015) The contribution of ecosystem services to human resilience: a rapid review. London: Overseas Development Institute.

Jones, Lindsey and Carabine, Elizabeth and Roux, Jean-Pierre and Tanner, Thomas (2015) Promoting the use of climate information to achieve long-term development objectives in sub-Saharan Africa: Results from the Future Climate For Africa scoping phase. London: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

Jones, Lindsey and Roux, Jean-Pierre and Scott, Charlotte and Tanner, Thomas (2014) How is climate information being factored into long-term decision-making in Africa?. Climate and Development Outlook 2, Climate and Development Knowledge Network.

Mitchell, Tom and Lovell, Emma and Le Masson, Virginie and Kirbyshire, Amy and Kakakhel, Kashmala and Tanner, Thomas and Peters, Katie and Wilkinson, Emily and Bahadur, Aditya and Carabine, Elizabeth and Jones, Lindsey and Caulkins, Julie (2014) Ambitious and coherent? Reviewing the pre-zero draft of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. London: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

Tanner, Thomas and Mensah, Adelina and Lawson, Elaine T. and Gordon, Chris and Godfrey‐Wood, Rachel and Cannon, Terry (2014) Political Economy of Climate Compatible Development: Artisanal Fisheries and Climate Change in Ghana. IDS Working Paper 446, Institute of Development Studies.

Béné, Christophe and Cannon, Terry and Gupte, Jaideep and Mehta, Lyla and Tanner, Thomas (2014) Exploring the Potential and Limits of the Resilience Agenda in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts. IDS Evidence Report 63, Institute of Development Studies.

Béné, Chris and Cannon, Terry and Davies, Mark and Newsham, Andrew and Tanner, Thomas (2013) Social Protection and Climate Change: A paper prepared for the OECD-DAC Task Team on Social Protection. Centre for Social Protection and Climate Change team, Institute of Development Studies.

Tanner, Thomas and Lockwood, Matthew and Seballos, Fran (2012) Learning to Tackle Climate Change. The Learning Hub, Institute of Development Studies.

Hammill, Anne and Tanner, Thomas (2011) Harmonising climate risk management: Adaptation screening and assessment tools for development co-operation. OECD Environment Working Papers, No. 36, OECD Publishing.

Rodríguez, Gonzalo and Tanner, Thomas (2011) Lecciones del enfoque de reducción de desastres centrado en la niñez en El Salvador. Children in a Changing Climate Research Report, Institute of Development Studies.

Seballos, Fran and Tanner, Thomas and Tarazona, Marcela and Gallegos, Jose (2011) Children and Disasters: Understanding Impacts and Enabling Agency. Children in a Changing Climate Research Report, Institute of Development Studies.

Seballos, Fran and Tanner, Thomas (2011) Enabling Child-Centred Agency in Disaster Risk Reduction. UNISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva: UNISDR.

Tanner, Thomas and Haynes, Katharine and Lim-Mangada, Ladylyn and Akhmady, Sapril and Roquino, Ed F. (2011) Reimagining Risk: Voices and agency of children on their inherited future. Children in a Changing Climate Research Report, Institute of Development Studies.

Bahadur, Aditya V. and Ibrahim, Maggie and Tanner, Thomas (2010) The Resilience Renaissance? Unpacking of resilience for tackling climate change and disasters. Strengthening Climate Resilience Discussion Paper 1. Institute of Development Studies.

Back, Emma and Cameron, Catherine and Tanner, Thomas (2009) Children and Disaster Risk Reduction: Taking stock and moving forward. Children in a Changing Climate Research Report, Institute of Development Studies.

Davies, Mark and Guenther, Bruce and Leavy, Jennifer and Michell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas (2009) Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Protection: Complementary Roles in Agriculture and Rural Growth?. IDS Working Paper 320, Institute of Development Studies.

Tanner, Thomas and Mitchell, Tom and Polack, Emily and Guenther, Bruce (2009) Urban Governance for Adaptation: Assessing Climate Change Resilience in Ten Asian Cities. IDS Working Paper 315, Institute of Development Studies.

Mitchell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas and Haynes, Katharine (2009) Children as Agents for Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons from El Salvador and The Philippine. Children in a Changing Climate Working Paper 1, Institute of Development Studies.

Mitchell, Tom and Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel and Devereux, Stephen and Tanner, Thomas and Davies, Mark and Leavy, Jennifer (2008) Rural Disaster Risk–Poverty Interface. London: Institute of Development Studies.

Ayers, J. and Tanner, Thomas (2008) ‘Treading lightly’: Travel and Offsetting Policies in UK International Development Research Institutes and NGOs. Climate Change and Disasters Group. Institute of Development Studies.

Vincent, Katharine and Tanner, Thomas and Devereux, Stephen (2008) Climate Change, Food Security and Disaster Risk Management. Issues paper for the Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, FAO, Rome, 28-29 February 2008, Institute of Development Studies.

O’Brien, Karen and Sygna, Linda and Leichenko, Robin and Adger, W. Neil and Barnett, Jon and Mitchell, Tom and Schipper, Lisa and Tanner, Thomas and Vogel, Coleen and Mortreux, Colette (2008) Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Human Security: A Commissioned Report for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) Project. GECHS Report 2008:3.

Tanner, Thomas and Jun, Xia and Holman, Ian (2008) Screening for climate change adaptation: A process to assess and manage the potential impact of climate change on development projects and programmes in China. Institute of Development Studies.

Tanner, Thomas and Mitchell, Tom (2008) Entrenchment or Enhancement: Could Climate Change Adaptation Help Reduce Chronic Poverty?. Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper 106.

Mitchell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas and Lussier, Kattie (2007) ‘We know what we need’: South Asian women speak out on climate change adaptation. Institute of Development Studies and Action Aid International.

Tanner, Thomas and Hassan, Ahmadul and Islam, KM Nabiul and Conway, Declan and Mechler, Reinhard and Uddin Ahmed, Ahsan and Alam, Mozaharul (2007) ORCHID: Piloting Climate Risk Screening in DFID Bangladesh. Detailed Research Report. Institute of Development Studies.

Tanner, Thomas and Nair, Sreeja and Bhattacharjya, Souvik and Kumar Srivastava, Sangeet and Parth Sarthi, Pradhan and Sehgal, Meena and Kull, Daniel (2007) ORCHID: Climate Risk Screening in DFID India. IDS Research Report. Institute of Development Studies.

Mitchell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas and Wilkinson, Emily (2006) Overcoming the Barriers: Mainstreaming Climate Change adaptation in Developing Countries. Climate Change and Disasters Group, Institute of Development Studies and Tearfund.

Mitchell, Tom and Tanner, Thomas (2006) Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges and opportunities for the development community. Institute of Development Studies and Tearfund.

Conference Items

Tanner, Thomas and Bahadur, Aditya V. (2013) 'Distilling the characteristics of transformational change in a changing climate' In: Proceedings of Transformation in a Changing Climate, 19-21 June 2013, Oslo, Norway. University of Oslo. Interactive.

 

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