Oxford Adaptation Academy, August 2015

Are you passionate about climate change and climate adaptation?

Do you want to develop practical skills in the field? 

Are you ready to become a change maker?


Professional skills are needed to adapt to climate change. The knowledge base and competencies required are rapidly changing as organisations gear up programmes and communities engage in action. The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) is an innovative knowledge-led company that draws on global partners to provide effective advice on adaptation. Our senior team already has a proven track record in delivering leadership-based capacity building through the Oxford Adaptation Academy.

“The Academy enriched my knowledge of a holistic approach to adaptation: how socio-economic, institutional, and theory of change applies. My skills in stakeholder analysis, project design are improved.” Pham Thi Dung, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Vietnam (2013 participant)

“GCAP challenges students to understand the nuance of catalyzing change at the personal and institutional levels, which ultimately helped me think beyond passive climate change adaptation ‘training’ and ‘capacity building’ activities involved in donor programs to how to make systemic impact.” Kevin Carlucci, Development Alternatives, USA (2012 participant)

What is it?


The Academy is run jointly with the Smith School of Enterprise and the  Environment at the University of Oxford. Now in its fifth year, the success of our unique professional development model enables participants to develop technical and leadership skills through actual project work and practical case studies, is clear. Its aim is to develop participants’ capacity in “how to, not what is adaptation.”  The course received an overall average score of 4.8 out of 5 based on extensive feedback. 

week_1.jpgParticipants progress a current project drawing on the core teaching modules, case studies and their interaction with others from diverse countries and disciplines.  


Community of Practice

Previous participants have included adaptation practitioners from government, NGOs and the private sector. It is aimed at project team leaders responsible for driving forward adaptation plans at all levels.  GCAP can advise on suitability for participation in the Academy.


Organisations sending participants include UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Environment Programme, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, UN Development Programme, Practical Action Nepal, Australian Outback Communities Authority, and DAI.

Benefits to your organisation

Professional quality-assured skills in an arena where the knowledge base and client requirements are rapidly changing.  

See Content for technical and leadership modules offered in this three week full-time course.  In addition, there are evening events with speakers from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment who bring signficant experience in business, development and climate adaptation.

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