Declan Conway

Professorial Research Fellow

Declan Conway joined the Grantham Research Institute as a Professorial Research Fellow on the 28th October 2013.


Professor Conway is an interdisciplinary researcher concentrating on the interactions between climate and society. During 2009 – 2011 he held a part-time secondment with the UK Department for International Development as a Senior Research Fellow on climate change. He is Chair of the UK Programme Executive Board of UPGro, an interdisciplinary UK Research Council research programme on Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater in sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the NERC-ESRC-DFID Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation International Programme Advisory Committee.

Declan is a Co-editor in Chief of Global Environmental Change (Elsevier) and holds Editorial positions with; Climate Change and Development (Earthscan) and Food Security: the science, sociology and economics of food production and access to food (Springer). He was a contributing Author to the IPCC Special Report on Extremes: Chapter 3 Changes in Climate Extremes and their Impacts on the Natural Physical Environment.

Research Interests

  • Water security
  • Adaptation and climate change

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Research article  17 September, 2014

Climate change and International River Boundaries: fixed points in shifting sands

We review the historical and legal role of International River Boundaries highlighting the paradox that exists between the stability needed for a boundary and the dynamism of fluvial landscapes in a changing climate. read more »

Research article  25 April, 2014

Strategies for improving adaptation practice in developing countries

The international community's support for adaptation in developing countries has proliferated through numerous complementary funding mechanisms. A range of serious practical issues are emerging, however, as adaptation moves from theory and international negotiation to implementation. We identify three areas deserving greater scrutiny: in-country priorities, entry points and delivery systems, and provide recommendations for improving adaptation practice. These concerns, if not addressed, have the potential to hamper attempts at effective delivery and to increase the vulnerability of intended beneficiaries of the adaptation agenda. read more »

Research article  19 March, 2014

Global crop yield response to extreme heat stress under multiple climate change futures

This study applies the global crop model PEGASUS to quantify, for the first time at the global scale, impacts of extreme heat stress on maize, spring wheat and soybean yields resulting from 72 climate change scenarios for the 21st century. read more »

Research article  5 March, 2014

Global Environmental Change: taking stock at a time of transition

Conway, D., Barnett, J., Betsill, M.M., Lebel, L. and Seto, K.C. (2014). Global Environmental Change 25, 1-4.

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Announcement  13 August, 2014

Global Environmental Change

LSE adminsinistered journal ranked as the highest impact journal in the environmental sciences. read more »

In the news  16 June, 2014

A nexus approach to global challenges

Resource challenges are highly interconnected. Can the idea of a food-energy-water ‘nexus’ become more than another buzzword, and help us to identify solutions? The Guardian

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