Jon Barnes

Research Student

Jon’s research explores the intersection of climate change and social justice. It looks at the role that global environmental governance and financial instruments can play in transformation in social and economic systems. These themes are explored with reference to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in South Africa.


Prior to commencing his PhD, Jon worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and at the Commonwealth Secretariat in development finance with specific focus on the GCF and small island developing states.

Jon holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Research interests

  • Climate change
  • social justice
  • inequality
  • transformation
  • international development
  • Green Climate Fund.



Working paper  8 October, 2019

Insurance as a catalyst for using climate risk information for government planning and decision-making: A framework for analysing drivers and barriers, tested against evidence emerging from Sub-Saharan Africa

This paper from the UMFULA programme investigates the potential catalyst role of insurance in adaptation to climate change in a developing country context that is characterised by low insurance penetration and a relatively low level of government planning, analysing the problem from the perspective of insurers in South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania. read more »

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