Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Bisaro

Senior Researcher
Adaptation and Social Learning



Tel. +49 30-2060738-23
Fax. +49 30-2060738-33



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I am a researcher in the adaptation and social learning research process at the Global Climate Forum with more than 8 years experience in climate vulnerability and adaptation research, both in Europe and in developing countries. My current research focuses on governance and financial instruments for sustainable use of climate sensitive natural resources.

I am an author of the UNEP PROVIA Guidance on assessing climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (www.unep.org/provia) and I co-led GCF's work in the EC-funded MEDIATION project. I current lead the development of a PROVIA web-based adaptation decision support tool. Previously, in the EC-funded ADAM and NeWater projects, I have analyzed national level adaptation policy in the water and agricultural sectors. My PhD (magna cum laude, Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University, Berlin) applied institutional economics approaches to analyse the impact of climate adaptation discourse and institutional arrangements on national conservation policy and its implementation at the local level in Lesotho.



Current positions

Researcher, Adaptation and Social Learning Research Process, Global Climate Forum

Member, Advisory Group to the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) regional training workshops on National Adaptation Plans (NAP)



Selected publications

Bisaro, A., Swart, R., Hinkel, J., 2015. Frontiers of solution-oriented adaptation research. Regional Environmental Change. Online first. doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0766-5

Hinkel, J., Bisaro, A., 2014. Methodological choices in solution-oriented adaptation research: a diagnostic framework. Regional Environmental Change. Online first. doi:10.1007/s10113-014-0682-0

Hinkel, J., Bisaro, A., 2014. A review and classification of analytical methods for climate change adaptation. WIREs Climate Change Review. doi:10.1002/wcc.322

Bisaro, A.,
Hinkel, J., Davis, M., Klein R.J.T. 2014. Supporting NAP development with the     PROVIA Guidance: A user companion. Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.

Bisaro, A., Kirk, M., Zdruli, P., Zimmermann, W., 2014. Global drivers setting desertification research priorities: insights from a stakeholder consultation forum. Land Degradation and Development. 25, 5–16. doi:10.1002/ldr.2220

PROVIA 2013. PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate          Change. Hinkel, J., Bharwani, S., Bisaro, A., Carter, T., Cull, T., Davis, M., Klein, R.,    Londsdale, K., Rosentrater, L. Vincent, K. (authors). UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya.

Wrobel, M., Bisaro, A., Reusser, D., Kropp, J.P., 2013. Novel Approaches for Web-Based Access to Climate Change Adaptation Information – MEDIATION Adaptation Platform and ci:grasp-2, in: Hřebíček, J et al. (Eds.), Environmental Software Systems. Fostering Information Sharing, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 489–499.

Wolf, S., Hinkel, J., Hallier, M., Bisaro, A., Lincke, D., Ionescu, C., Klein, R.J., 2013. Clarifying vulnerability definitions and assessments using formalisation. International Journal for Climate Change Strategies and Management. 5, 54–70.

Bisaro, A., Hinkel, J., Kranz, N., 2010. Multilevel water, biodiversity and climate adaptation governance: evaluating adaptive management in Lesotho. Environmental Science and Policy 13, 637–647.

Bisaro, A., Wolf, S., Hinkel, J., 2010. Framing climate adaptation and vulnerability at multiple levels: addressing climate risks or institutional barriers in Lesotho? Climate and Development. 2. doi:10.3763/cdev.2010.0037

Hinkel, J., Bisaro, A., Downing, T.E., Hofmann, M., Lonsdate, K., McEvoy, D., Tabara, D., 2009. Learning to Adapt: re-framing climate change adaptation, in: Hulme, M. and N. (Ed.), Making Climate Change Work for Us: European Perspectives on Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.




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