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Clara Rabelo Caiafa is a researcher in international development. She has conducted research both in the Global South and the Global North and has experience in international cooperation from when she worked at the World Health Organization office to the European Union and from her current role as Chapter Scientist for the 6th Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Her research focuses on the governance and effectiveness of international cooperation initatives. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where she conducts research on international cooperation in climate and energy technology transfer at the School of Innovation Sciences. She holds a Bachelors' degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Brazil, and a Master’s in International Politics from KU Leuven, Belgium.

She received a Scholarship of the Brazilian Project of Scientific Initiation (PROBIC) to conduct her research on South-South Cooperation in Latin America between 2016-2017. She has also worked at the Center for Research on Peace and Development (KU Leuven) and was a volunteer at the UN Sustainable Development Network Youth - Belo Horizonte.


Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Development studies, Master, KU Leuven

Award Date: 13 Sep 2019

External positions

Chapter Scientist, Intergovernamental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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