Caroline Schaer has robust experience with research, project management and advisory based work in the fields of climate change resilience, disaster risk management, food security and humanitarian response.
Caroline joined UNEP DTU Partnership in 2008 after spending the previous 3 years in West Africa, where she worked for the World Food Programme. She holds a Ph.D. in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation from UNEP DTU and a Master of Science in development studies and intercultural business strategy from Copenhagen Business School. Her Ph.D. examined disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation governance and community responses to urban floods in Senegal.
The last years, her work has revolved around private sector engagement in climate resilience, where she has managed multi-stakeholder projects aiming at developing innovative approaches to enhance the climate resilience of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). To encourage a greater international focus and debate on the importance of SMEs in adaptation, she also recently coordinated a UNEP DTU flagship publication on the issue.
Her other areas of work include technology needs assessment, urban adaptation, institutional development, mainstreaming of adaptation in sustainable development, risk management governance, as well as monitoring and evaluation for adaptation.
Caroline has extensive experience with ethnographic research design and participatory data collection processes and analysis. She is familiar with all steps of the research process, from research design to dissemination of results, where she has shown her ability to liaise with very diverse stakeholders and convey results to different types of audiences. Currently her research interests include local institutions and how these revolve around risk management, climate adaptation and renewables. By looking at diverse governance modes, found inside and outside the formal state bureaucracy, she is interested in what shapes community ownership and how it is created and sustained.