School of Earth and Environment

Suraje Dessai Prof Suraje Dessai

Professor of Climate Change Adaptation

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 30116
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Room: 9.108

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


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Suraje Dessai is Professor of Climate Change Adaptation at the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and Environment since 2012. His current research and teaching focuses on the management of climate change uncertainties, perception of climate risks and the science-policy interface in climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Suraje has published 45 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Science and Global Environmental Change, 9 book chapters and edited 2 journal special issues.

He is the recipient of a European Research Council Starting Grant on Advancing Knowledge Systems to Inform Climate Adaptation Decisions – Project ICAD (2012-2016). Suraje is also currently involved in two large European projects: European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale (EUPORIAS) and Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE).

He is member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and a visiting scientist at the Centre for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modeling (CCIAM) of the University of Lisbon. He is currently a Lead Author on the chapter "Foundations for Decision-making" for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Fifth Assessment Report and also serves on the IPCC's Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA).

Researcher ID


Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Exeter.

PhD in Environmental Sciences. Thesis: “Robust adaptation decisions amid climate change uncertainties”. School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.

BSc in Environmental Sciences, Class I, from the University of East Anglia with a year in North America, at the University of Colorado, at Boulder.


Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) for the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) cycle. Lead Author of Chapter 2, Foundations for Decisionmaking, of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC AR5.

Fellow of the UK’s Royal Geographical Society and The Higher Education Academy.

Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel in Social Science and Policy for Nature Climate Change and Associate editor of Climate Risk Management (Elsevier).

Research Interests

Science-policy interface

Perception and communication of climate risk and uncertainty

Climate science, impacts and adaptation (with particular focus on the management of uncertainties)

Climate policy