CICERO - Center for International Climate Research

Karianne de Bruin is an environmental economist, specialized in the economics of climate change adaptation, and holds a PhD degree from Wageningen University, the Netherlands on the economic analysis of adaptation to climate change under uncertainty.

Her  research interests lie in the field of climate services and the economic evaluation of adaptation strategies for droughts and floods around the world. 

Projects and roles:

  • ClimateXL - WP leader on ‘Adaptation decision-making under uncertainty’, taking into account the range of variability and change associated with weather and climate extremes when considering factors such as long-term investments in urban infrastructure (ongoing)
  • Climate change and Chinese agriculture: effects on food production and options for adaptation - Analysis of farm-level adaptation to drought for the case of maize production in Shanxi province, China
  • HICAP - Analysis of investment decisions in flood protection for the Eastern Brahmaputra Plains, Assam, India
  • MultiPolicy - Project leader of the ‘Multi-scale policy implementation for natural hazard risk reduction’ project, providing an international comparison between Mexico, Taiwan, New Zealand and Norway (Working Group 6 Winner of International START Secretariat grant as follow-on Research from the WSSF Programme and 2013 seminar on 'Risk interpretation and Action'.)
  • EVA - ‘Extreme risks, vulnerability and community-based adaptation in India’ project, WP leader on participatory assessment of adaptation measures to climate change in the dryland Jalna district in the state of Maharashtra, India

Currently, Karianne de Bruin combines her research position at CICERO with a research position at the Climate change and adaptive land and water management ​team of Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra), part of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.

World Social Science Fellow on ‘Risk Interpretation and Action: Decision-making under conditions of uncertainty’, selected by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme





  • ClimateXL Weather and climate extremes are likely to be one of the largest societal challenges associated with climate change in this century. Under climate change, these extreme events will intensify and become more frequent, and consequently the risk of severe and costly damage for humans and infrastructure will increase.

Publications and outreach at CICERO

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