Janani Vivekananda is the Head of Programme, Climate Diplomacy and Security at Adelphi, Berlin.
Her work involves leading participatory field research on community-level resilience to conflict and climate change, developing conflict-sensitive approaches to climate change risks, and increasing the capacity of governments and civil society to integrate climate and conflict risk into policies and field projects.
Janani is the lead author of the 2019 climate security risk assessment of Lake Chad, Shoring up Stability, and the 2015 flagship report "A New Climate for Peace", dealing with climate change impacts on fragile states. Her current work involves leading the multilateral climate security risk and foresight assessment, Weathering Risk.
Before joining Adelphi, Janani was the Head of the Environment, Climate Change and Security at International Alert. Prior to this, she was the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) advisor at Plan International, where she supported headquarters and regional programmes on DRR issues, specifically in fragile states. Janani has also worked with UNDP based in Nepal as a regional conflict advisor for the South Asia region.
Janani holds a master’s in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
How can the defence sector best contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions? How do industry and military come together to reduce the carbon footprint of major deployment operations? How should Western countries better incentivize larger emerging countries to be more accepting of more green-oriented military policies? Should the armed forces assess the training of future soldiers to integrate more civilian applications to better respond to climate disasters?