ClimateXChange brings scientists and policy makers together to create policies that are informed by the best available evidence.

We act both as a knowledge broker between researchers and policy, and as a research provider. We seek to deliver the best ideas, knowledge and evidence to policy teams, and to deliver effective pathways to impact for Scottish researchers.

We have two ways of working:


1. A co-produced multi-disciplinary research programme

We work in partnership with the Scottish Government and its agencies to respond to questions and requests for evidence, identify upcoming evidence needs, and then independently plan our research and analysis to meet policy timelines. It is a flexible research programme, co-developed with policy colleagues to deliver research syntheses, desk-reviews, in-depth studies, reports and other outputs.


2. Knowledge brokering

We facilitate conversations and broker knowledge across sectors, disciplines and institutions to provide new insights for policy. This is done through a variety of forms, from workshops and seminars to introducing new tools and techniques on topics including priorities for peatland research and community energy development. Knowledge exchange builds relationships and networks, and gives policy-makers access to a research network far beyond CXC.

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View our recent projects

Energy efficiency policy analysis with TIMES

Using scenarios to analyse different approaches for energy efficiency within TIMES, the whole energy system modelling framework used by the Scottish Government to inform energy and climate change policy decisions.

Soil erosion and compaction in Scottish soils: adapting to a changing climate

This report collates the current state of confident knowledge for Scotland – what we know, what we don’t know and what is under active debate.

Delivering social care in a changing climate

Identifying direct and indirect effects of climate change on social care delivery: delivery of care at home, as well as understanding the extent of the risk to care facilities and dependencies on infrastructure, particularly transport and telecommunications.

Agroforestry in Scotland – potential benefits in a changing climate

This report identifies the potential benefits of increasing the use of agroforestry practice in Scotland to both farmers and wider society and aims to support wider discussion and implementation.