Novel Futures specializes in climate change adaptation, including scenario planning, risk assessment, and adaptive management.
Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, has led scenario planning exercises for climate change vulnerability and risk analysis in the energy, agriculture and transportation sectors.
Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson is trained in the use of the PIEVC Engineering Protocol for assessing the vulnerability of infrastructure to extreme weather events and climate change.
Novel Futures provides strategic support for disaster risk reduction at global and local levels. Internationally, Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, has supported the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in developing guidance for the mutual and cooperative insurance sector and for small-and-medium sized businesses.
Published by Sage and the International Development Research Centre, this guidebook outlines seven essential tools for creating adaptive policies. Darren Swanson served as lead editor and co-author of the book while working at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Based on the book 'Creating Adaptive Policies', the Adaptive Design and Assessment Policy Tool (ADAPTool) gives government policy-makers an analysis tool to better understand the degree to which existing policies and programs contribute to adaptation in key economic sectors and the adaptability of policies themselves to changing circumstances.
Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development in 2014, 'GovernAbilities: Essential Tools for Successful Governance in the 21st Century', provides timely guidance to help governments at all levels improve their ability to effectively and efficiently pursue sustainability, accountability and adaptability