Climate, Energy and Environmental Security Research Programme

This programme of work addresses climate change, energy, and environmental security as the backdrop to all national security, defence and foreign policy discourses.

As part of RUSI’s Climate, Energy and Environmental Security Research Programme, we undertake research and host events focusing on the impact of the current climate emergency on the global security and defence realms. With expertise across a range of themes and geographies, our researchers are exploring both the existing and future challenges of global warming.

We focus on three areas.

Climate: assessing the impact of climate change specifically on conflict, security, resilience and geopolitics.

Energy and net zero: reviewing energy security challenges, as well as risks, threats and the geopolitics relating to the energy transition and net zero technologies.

Environment: looking at the risks resulting from localised environmental degradation and pollution as well as the risks to the environment and environmental law.

This research programme rests on the fundamental assumption that climate change is both an existential threat to humanity and a threat multiplier. The programme brings together stakeholders from across government, academia, the private sector and civil society to advance cross-sectoral dialogue and offer policy-relevant recommendations to decision-makers.

Watch the roundtable discussion

After the conclusion of COP27, four members of RUSI's Climate Steering Group discuss their thoughts about the conference, whether energy efficiencies can be made in the short to medium-term, and what they would like to see happen in the climate space in areas related to their research. (This conversation was recorded on Monday 21 November 2022.)

Programme themes

Our research programme is divided into three themes.

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