Our Approach

Community participation and leadership  

  • Locally-defined research questions, through our 12 in-country offices and in partnership with local youth-led or indigenous grassroots organizations and thought leaders
  • Diverse partnerships for more sustainable and context-specific solutions
  • Global and local networks of individuals, groups, and institutions dedicated to addressing the climate crisis

Justice and equity 

  • All of our work is rooted in principles of climate justice and equity
  • Inclusive research and programs, with a focus on marginalized populations including women and girls, indigenous groups, migrants, and the urban poor

Open science and transparency 

  • Commitment to open science and freely sharing code, datasets, and models to foster cross-discipline learning and collaboration
  • Open discussion of research methods and results

Our Technical Expertise

Data science and demographic modeling 

  • Machine learning and geospatial analysis to understand patterns and trends in urbanization and distribution of population
  • Integration of satellite-derived and remotely sensed data with population surveys, health surveillance data
  • Changes in demographic characteristics and distributions based on future climate and economic scenarios using our innovative Community Demographic Model—to link with climate and energy models

Rigorous research for impact 

  • Research and evaluation to identify, test and monitor interventions and programs
  • Implementation science to monitor active programs
  • Use of mixed-methods studies including quantitative and qualitative approaches to contextualize findings

Research translation and policy analysis 

  • Data synthesis and partnership with governments and stakeholders to develop evidence-based and equitable policies
  • Clear communication of research findings and processes