Kevin M. Adams is an international climate policy expert and PhD candidate at the GRI, where his research is focused on the assessment and governance of transboundary climate risks. His work aims to support policy development and international climate negotiations across relevant multilateral fora including the UNFCCC and WTO.


At the Grantham Research Institute, Kevin’s work sits at the science-policy interface, where he aims to support policy development and decision-making for risk management in a warming world. Trained as a geographer and political scientist, his primary research topics are 1) transboundary climate risks, 2) climate finance and multilateral climate funds, and 3) global climate policy.

In addition to his role at the Grantham Research Institute, Kevin serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the United States Department of State where he is engaged with a variety of multilateral processes related to international climate policy.

Prior to joining the GRI, Kevin was a  Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute, where he served focal point to the Green Climate Fund and was a member of the Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre. In 2020, Kevin also served as advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifically to the Swedish Board Member of the Green Climate Fund.

Kevin also helped to launch the Adaptation Without Borders Initiative, in partnership with colleagues from SEI, ODI, and IDDRI, aimed at responding to the global challenge of transboundary climate risks by creating opportunities to build and strengthen international collaboration on climate change adaptation.

Kevin has served as an expert contributor to a number of policy processes, including for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Green Climate Fund, the European Environment Agency, and the Global Commission on Adaptation. He has been the author of numerous academic journal articles, policy reports, and online features.

Kevin holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado – Boulder, a BS in Geophysics from Michigan State University, and a BS in Social Sciences from Michigan State University.

Research interests

  • Transboundary Climate Risks
  • International Climate Policy
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Commodity Trade
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Climate Finance
  • Sustainable Finance


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