Clara Gallagher

Researcher (governance and finance), Climate Change

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, German (intermediate), French (basic), Urdu (basic), Spanish (basic)

Clara has a range of experience across the international development sector, having worked in India and Liberia, and on projects implemented in the Pacific, all focusing on improving access to climate finance. She has worked with NGOs, national governments, at the intergovernmental level and in the private sector.


Climate finance; climate policy; UNFCCC processes.

Before IIED

Clara has a variety of experience across the public and NGO sectors, recently working in the climate change section of the Commonwealth Secretariat, as climate change advisor to The Elders, and as an Oversea Development Institute fellow/technical advisor in the Environmental Protection Agency of the Government of Liberia.


  • MSc economics, with reference to environment and development (SOAS)
  • BA Hons. history and politics (with proficiency in German), University of Exeter

Current work

Supporting the design and implementation of innovative policy research, focusing on reforming the international climate finance system, increasing the quantity and quality of finance made available for locally led adaptation action, and supporting national and local governments, civil society organisations and others to access and effectively use climate finance.