Adaptation case studies

The Sustainable Development Unit, in collaboration with Climate Ready, is developing case studies about adapting to a changing climate and is seeking people and organisations to put forward projects to be included.

You can submit details of your project or piece of work by email to You do not need to write a lengthy proposal at this stage - an expression of interest outlining the area of focus and providing your contact details will suffice at this stage.

Submissions must be received by 29 July in order to be considered.


This case studies project is designed to:

  • Showcase good practice and innovation on this important subject
  • Demonstrate the benefits which action on adaptation can bring to people, services and communities by including adaptation planning in local strategies and assessments.
  • Highlight and promote tools and evidence which can help steer and support action at all levels of the system, from community groups to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health and wellbeing boards.
  • Build awareness of the adaptation components of the Sustainable Development Unit’s Strategy for the Health and Care System, explaining the importance of reporting on adaptation action in annual reports and sustainable development management plans (SDMPs).

What sort of case studies?

We welcome submissions for any examples of adaptation to climate change across the health, public health and social care system, including the actions of local communities and provider organisations. Some themes which we have identified as being particularly valuable are as follows:

Community resilience/preparedness
Type of action: A community or neighbourhood group who have taken steps to increase their resilience against flooding, heatwaves, and other extreme events. Preferably through dialogue and/or support from local health and care organisations.

Health and social care organisations mapping risks to health and wellbeing in a changing climate
Type of action: A health and wellbeing board or NHS organisation who have integrated climate risk into its joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) and risk register/risk assessment procedures (as applicable) following an extreme event or evidence of risk.

Communities, services and infrastructures are preparing themselves for a changing climate: working across the whole system in an integrated way
Type of action: A provider organisation (health or social care) or facility working with other parts of the health and case system to manage risks. e.g. GP surgery working with care providers to identify those at risk from heatwaves.

Developing adaptation plans with others (Local Authority)
Type of action: A health and wellbeing board who has invited dialogue on health-related climate risks with local fuel poverty and environmental health teams – linking agendas to create efficiencies.

Time needed to take part

We hope to produce both written case studies and one video case study. Our research indicates that the most effective format for reaching and communicating climate-related messages with community groups is video-based. The case studies will be produced and funded by Climate Ready in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Unit so will not need a considerable amount of time on the part of the submitting team or individual.

Written case studies:
Participants will be required to take part in a small number of teleconferences in order for us to extract the relevant information from the case study, translate it into our proposed format, and review the material as it is developed to ensure that it best reflects the action which has been taken.
Video case study:
We plan to create a short (four minutes of less) video case study. This will involve a visit from the project team and a media company, who will conduct semi-structured interviews with those who played a key role in taking action to adapt to a changing climate.