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Alina Tepes


Alina Tepes Adaptation to climate change is complex in theory as it is closely related to development. Adaptation is also challenging in practice: firstly because adaptation occurs within specific socio-economic contexts. Secondly, as adaptation depends upon multidimensional and profound uncertainties about for example current climate variability and future climate change as well as their interactions with nature and socio-economic sectors. The questions as to what to adapt to and how persist. Thirdly, it is difficult to identify and account for autonomous adaptation that individuals and entities might engage in before planning adaptation. My research looks into tools that are at our hand to account for uncertainties and enable robust adaptation and development decision paths.

  • Position:
    Junior researcher - PhD Student
  • Main Research Field:
    Adaptation to climate change and decision making under uncertainty
  • Contact information:
    Email address: alina.tepes@bc3research.org
    Contact phone: +34 94-401 46 90
  • Research ID (WOK): Alina Tepes RID
  • Google Scholar: Alina Tepes Scholar
  • Download CV:  CV_13 Feb_2017 

Short CV

With a Master Degree in Economics from the Université Paris Dauphine (France) and the J.W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main (Germany) I started working in the field of economics of adaptation to climate change at the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) in 2007. After subsequent assignments within NGOs like Oxfam France and the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, I joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Mozambique in 2012. At UNDP Mozambique I worked with the Disaster Risk Reduction / Adaptation to Climate Change (DRR/ACC) Unit to coordinate the One UN team on DRR/ACC towards strengthening institutions and including local communities in DRR/ACC decision making.

At BC3, I am undertaking research on the economics of adaptation in the agricultural sector. On the one hand, I am looking into bottom-up costs and benefits of no- and low regret options linking to land degradation and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). On the other hand, I am assessing adaptation of clove plantations and their economic profitability as part of the national adaptation action plan of Zanzibar (Revolutionary Governement of Zanzibar), extending a cost benefit analysis to "light touch" real option and decision tree analysis. Throughout my work I am particularly interested in looking into the uncertainty treatment through the lens of the development vs. adaptation deficit.

I am trilingual in French, German and Romanian, fluently speak English and (Mozambican) Portuguese with a reasonably good level in Spanish and Italian. I am also eager to learn Swahili as it is a welcoming and joyful language and to my mind, well representing cultural diversity.

Book chapters

  • 2008
  • Agrawala, S., Crick, F., Jetté-Nantel, S. and Tepes, A. 2008. Empirical Estimates of Adaptation Costs and Benefits: A Critical Assessment. Economic Aspects of Adaptation to Climate Change: Costs, Benefits and Policy Instruments. 1st ed. Paris, France. OECD Publisher . 134. ISBN 978-92-64-04603-0. (http://www.isbns.com.do/isbn/9789264046030).

Conference Proceedings

  • 2017
  • Linking soil degradation control to climate change adaptation: a cost and benefit inventory of soil protection techniques in Europe , presented at the 3rd European Adaptation Conference, organized by three EU-funded projects (IMRESSIONS, Helix and RISES-AM), Glasgow, United Kingdom, Jun, 2017
  • Adaptation decision making in Zanzibar's clove plantations: a cost benefit analysis extended to light touch uncertainty treatment, presented at the 3rd European Adaptation Conference, organized by three EU-funded projects (IMRESSIONS, Helix and RISES-AM), Glasgow, United Kingdom, Jun, 2017
  • 2016
  • First results from adaptation in Zanzibar's clove plantations, presented at the Adaptation Futures Conference, organized by European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands, Rotterdam, Netherlands, May, 2016
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