David Dodman

General Director

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David Dodman joined IHS as General Director in September 2022, after working on sustainable urban development research in universities and research institutes for the past 20 years.

As General Director, David chairs the IHS Management Team and has ultimate responsibility for the institute’s teaching, research, and impact, as well as for its organizational and operational management. He has oversight of the Institute’s strategic goals, financial sustainability, and relationships with external stakeholders.

David is an experienced organizational leader, with a strong focus on applied research and impact. He has been a Coordinating Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has played a leading role in international and collaborative research programs, and has advised a wide range of governments and international organizations. David’s research interests focus on urban climate change resilience and informality. He has published extensively in policy reports, journal articles, and edited books.

Prior to IHS, David was the Director of the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). He holds a BSc from the University of St Andrews and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

Dodman, D., Sverdlik, A., Agarwal, S., Kadungure, A., Kothiwal, K., Machemedze, R. & Verma, S. (2023). Climate change and informal workers: Towards an agenda for research and practice. Urban Climate, 48(March), 101401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2022.101401

Diep, L., Parikh, P., Dodman, D., Alencar, J. and Martins, J. R. S. (2022). Problematizing infrastructural “fixes”: critical perspectives on technocratic approaches to green Infrastructure. Urban Geography, (First online 16 June 2022) https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2022.2087947

Diep, L., Parikh, P., dos Santos Duarte, B. P., Bourget, A. F., Dodman, D. and Martins, J. R. S., (2022). “It won’t work here” : Lessons for just nature-based stream restoration in the context of urban informality. Environmental Science & Policy,136, October 22, 542-554. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2022.06.020
Dodman, D., Hayward, B., Pelling, M., Castan Broto, V., Chow, W., Chu E., Dawson, R. Khirfan, L., McPhearson, T., Prakash, A., Zheng Y. and G. Ziervogel (2022). Cities, settlements and key Infrastructure. In H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem and B. Rama (Eds.). Climate change 2022 : impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. pp. 907-1040. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gilbert, B. & Dodman, D. (2022). The role of cities in tackling climate-related risks. Environmental Scientist, December, 37-41.

Pelling, M., Chow, W. T. L., Chu, E., Dawson, R., Dodman, D., Fraser, A., Hayward, B., Khirfan, L., McPhearson, T., Prakash, A. and Ziervogel, G, (2022). A climate resilience research renewal agenda : learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for urban climate resilience. Climate and Development, 14(7) 617-624 (First online 22 August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2021.195641
Satterthwaite, D., Archer, D., Colenbrander, S., Dodman, D., Hardoy, J., Mitlin, D. and Patel, S. (2020). Building resilience to climate change in informal settlements. One Earth, 2(2), February 2021, 143-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.02.002
Dodman D, Archer D., Satterthwaite D (2019). Editorial: Responding to climate change in contexts of urban poverty and informality. Environment and Urbanization 31(1), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247819830004
Fisher, S. and Dodman, D. (2019). Urban climate change adaptation as social learning : exploring the process and politics. Environmental Policy and Governance, 29(3), May/June 2019, 235-247. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1851
Dodman, D., Leck, H., Pelling, M., Adelekan, I., Brown, D., Manda, M., Mberu, B., Rusca, M., Satterthwaite D., and Taylor, F. (2019). A spectrum of methods for a spectrum of risk : generating evidence to understand and reduce urban risk in Sub-Saharan Africa. Area, 51(3), 586-594. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12510
Diep, L., Dodman, D. and Parikh, P. (2019). Green infrastructure in informal settlements through a multiple level perspective. Water Alternatives,12(2), June 2019, 554-570
Bai, X., Dawson, R., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Delgado, G., Barau, A., Dhakal, S., Dodman, D., Leonardsen, L., Masson-Delmotte, V., Roberts, D., and Schultz, S. (2018). Six research priorities for cities and climate change. Nature 555: 23-25. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-02409-z
Colenbrander, S., Dodman, D. and Mitlin, D. (2018). Using climate finance to advance climate justice: the politics and practice of channelling resources to the local level. Climate policy, 18(7), 902-915. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2017.1388212

Fisher, S., Dodman, D., Van Epp, M. and Garside, B. (2018). The usability of climate information in sub-national planning in India, Kenya and Uganda : the role of social learning and intermediary organisations. Climatic Change, 151, 219-245. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-018-2291-2

Leck, H., Pelling, M., Adelekan, I., Dodman, D., Issaka, H., Johnson, C., Manda, M., Mberu, B., Nwokocha, E., Osuteye, E. and Boubacar, S. (2018). Towards risk-sensitive and transformative urban development in Sub Saharan Africa. Sustainability, 10(8), 2645. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082645

Archer D., Colenbrander, S. and Dodman, D. (Eds.). (2017). Responding to climate change in Asian cities : governance for a more resilient urban future. London: Routledge.

Archer, D. and Dodman, D. (2017). Editorial :The urbanisation of humanitarian crises. Environment and Urbanization, 29(2), 339-348. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247817722731
Dodman, D. (2017). Environment and urbanization. In D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. Goodchild, W. Liu, A. Kobayashi and R. Marston Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: people, the earth, environment and technology. John Wiley & Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0623
Dodman, D., Colenbrander, S. and Archer D. (2017). Conclusion : Towards adaptive urban governance. in D, Archer, S. Colenbrander and D, Dodman (Eds.). Responding to climate change in Asian cities : governance for a more resilient urban future, pp. 200-217. London: Routledge.

Dodman, D., Diep, L. and Colenbrander, S. (2017). Making the case for the nexus between resilience and resource efficiency in urban areas. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. 9(2), 97-106. https://doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2017.1345740

Dodman, D., Leck. H., Rusca, M. and Colenbrander, S. (2017). African urbanisation and urbanism : implications for risk accumulation and reduction. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 26, December 2017, 7-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.06.029

Bartlett, S., Satterthwaite, D., Roberts, D., Corfee-Morlot, J., Dodman, D. and Hardoy, J. (2016). Cross-city analysis. In S. Bartlett and D. Satterthwaite (Eds.). Cities on a finite planet : towards transformative responses to climate change, pp. 200-239. London: Routledge.

Satterthwaite, D., Bartlett, S., Roberts, D., Dodman, D., Solecki, W., Sverdlik, A. and Pelling, M. (2016). Conclusions on ways forward. In S. Bartlett and D. Satterthwaite (Eds.). Cities on a finite planet : towards transformative responses to climate change, pp. 240-262. London: Routledge.

Shi, L., Chu, E., Anguelovsk,i I., Aylett, A., Debats, J., Goh, K., Schenk, T., Seto, K,, Dodman, D., Roberts, D., Roberts, J. and Van Deveer S (2016). Roadmap towards justice in urban climate adaptation research. Nature Climate Change 6(2), 131-137. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2841
Archer, D. and Dodman, D. (2015). Making capacity building critical : power and justice in urban resilience building in Indonesia and Thailand. Urban Climate, 14, 68-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2015.06.007

Dobson, S., Nyamweru, H.  and Dodman, D. (2015). Local and participatory approaches to building resilience in informal settlements in Uganda. Environment and Urbanization, 27(2), 605-620. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247815598520

Dodman, D. and Mitlin, D. (2015). The national and local politics of climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe. Climate and Development, 7(3), 223-234. https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2014.934777
Dodman, D., Soltesova, K., Satterthwaite, D., Tacoli, C., and Jack, C. (2015). Understanding the assessment and reduction of vulnerability to climate change in African cities : a focus on low-income and informal settlements (Serie Grise). Paris: Agence Française de Développement.

Brown, D., McGrahanan, G. and Dodman, D. (2014). Urban informality and building a more inclusive, resilient and green economy (IIED working paper). London: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Haque, A. N., Dodman, D. and Hossain, M. M. (2014). Individual, communal and institutional responses to climate change by low-income households in Khulna, Bangladesh. Environment and Urbanization 26(1), 112-129. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247813518681

Soltesova, K., Brown, A., Dayal, A. and Dodman, D. (2014). Community participation in urban adaptation to climate change : potential and limits for community-based adaptation approaches. In E. L. F. Schipper, J. Ayers, H. Reid, S. Huq and A. Rahman (Eds.). Community-based adaptation: scaling it up, pp. 214-225. London: Routledge.

Carmin, J. and Dodman, D. (2013). Engaging science and managing scientific uncertainty in urban climate adaptation planning. In S. C. Moser and M. T. Boykoff (Eds.). Successful adaptation : linking science and policy in a rapidly changing world, pp. 220-234. London: Routledge.

Dodman, D. (2013). The challenge of adaptation that meets the needs of low-income urban dwellers. In J. Palutikof, S. Boulter, A. Ash, M. Stafford Smith, M. Parry, M. Waschka and D. Guitart (Eds.). Climate adaptation futures, pp.227-234. Hoboken: John Wiley Publishing.

Dodman, D. and Mitlin, D. (2013). Challenges for community-based adaptation : discovering the potential for transformation. Journal of International Development, 25(5): 640-659. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.1772

Satterthwaite, D. and Dodman, D. (2013). Towards resilience and transformation for cities within a finite planet. Environment and Urbanization, 25(2), 291-298. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247813501421

Schensul, D. and Dodman, D. (2013). Populating adaptation : incorporating population dynamics in climate change adaptation policy and practice. In G. Martine and D. Schensul (Eds.). The demography of adaptation to climate change, pp. 1-23. New York, London and Mexico City: UNFPA, IIED and El Colegio de México.

Dodman, D. (2011). Forces driving urban greenhouse gas emissions. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(3), May 2011, 121-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2010.12.013

Romero-Lankao, P. and Dodman, D. (2011). Cities in transition : transforming urban centers from hotbeds of GHG emissions and vulnerability to seedbeds of sustainability and resilience : introduction and overview. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(3), May 2011, 113-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2011.02.002

Dodman, D., Mitlin, D. and Co, J. R. (2010). Victims to victors, disasters to opportunities : community-driven responses to climate change in the Philippines. International Development Planning Review, 32(1), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2009.10
Ayers J. and Dodman, D. (2010). Climate change adaptation and development : the state of the debate. Progress in Development Studies, 10(2), 161-168. https://doi.org/10.1177/146499340901000205

Dodman, D. and Newstead, C. (2009). Editorial : Neoliberalisation and Caribbean agriculture : trends and prospects for livelihoods and national economies. Caribbean Geography, 15(2), 91-100.

Dodman, D. (2009). Blaming cities for climate change? An analysis of urban greenhouse gas emissions. Environment and Urbanization, 21(1), 185-201. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247809103016

Dodman, D. (2009). Asset-based responses to urban vulnerability : an analysis of livelihood strategies in Waterhouse, Jamaica. In D. McGregor, D. Dodman and D. Barker (Eds.). Global change and Caribbean vulnerability, pp. 279-297. Kingston: University of the West Indies (UWI) Press.

Dodman, D., Ayers J. and Huq, S. (2009). Building resilience. In Worldwatch Institute. Into a Warming World : State of the World 2009. pp. 151-168. New York: Worldwatch Institute.

Dodman, D, McGregor, D. and Barker, D. (2009). Beyond Caribbean vulnerability : towards resistance and resilience. In D. McGregor, D. Dodman and D. Barker (Eds.). Global change and Caribbean vulnerability, pp. 365-384. Kingston: University of the West Indies (UWI) Press.

Satterthwaite D. and Dodman, D. (2009). The role of cities in climate change. In Worldwatch Institute. Into a warming world : State of the.World 2009. New York: Worldwatch Institute.

Satterthwaite. D., Dodman, D. and Bicknell, J. (2009). Local development and adaptation. In J. Bicknell, D. Dodman and D. Satterthwaite (Eds.). Adapting cities to climate change : understanding and addressing the development challenges, pp. 359-383. London, Earthscan.

Dodman, D. (2008). Making a living : small-scale metal smelting as a livelihood strategy in Kingston, Jamaica. In R. Jaffe (Ed.). The Caribbean City, pp. 227-246. Kingston: Ian Randle.

Dodman, D. (2008). Developers in the public interest? The role of urban development corporations in the Anglophone Caribbean. The Geographical Journal 174(1), March 2008, 30-44. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4959.2008.00267.x

Dodman D. and Rhiney K (2008). ‘“We Nyammin?” Food supply, authenticity and the tourist experience in Negril, Jamaica, In M. Daye, D. Chambers and S. Roberts (Eds.), New perspectives in Caribbean tourism, pp. 115-132. New York: Routledge.

Dodman, D. (2007). A place or a people? Social and cultural geographies of the Anglophone Caribbean. Social and Cultural Geography, 8(1), 143-150. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649360701251874

Dodman, D. (2007). Post-independence optimism and the legacy of waterfront redevelopment in Kingston, Jamaica. Cities 24(4), 275-286. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2006.09.001
Dodman, D. and Dodman, J. (2006). “Nuff Respec?” Widening and deepening participation in academic and policy research in the Caribbean. In J. Pugh and J. Momsen (Eds.). Participatory environmental planning in the Caribbean, pp. 93-109. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Dodman, D. (2004). Community perspectives on urban environmental problems in Kingston, Jamaica. Social and Economic Studies, 53(3), 31-59.

Dodman, D. (2004). Feelings of belonging? Young people’s views of their surroundings in Kingston, Jamaica. Children’s Geographies, 2(2), 185-198. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733280410001720502

Dodman, D. (2004). Profitability or postmodernity? Changing modes in Jamaican tourism. In S. Courtman (Ed.). Beyond the blood, the beach and the banana (New perspectives in Caribbean studies), pp. 155-169. Kingston: Ian Randle.

Dodman, D. (2003). Shooting in the city : an autophotographic exploration of the urban environment in Kingston, Jamaica. Area, 35(3), September 2003, 293-304. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00178


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