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.

CXC activities on the route from evidence need to net zero by 2045

Long Description

We use co-production and flexible deliver, networks and connections, and build capacity and understanding across policy and research to fill evidence gaps on route to a net zero Scotland by 2045.

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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.


Our research delivery model: based on the research we synthesise, translate and package the evidence before delivering to our policy client.

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. 



View our recent projects

Electric vehicle enabled buildings: evidence review of installation costs

Establishing the difference in cost between installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points during initial construction or major renovation of a building as opposed to retrofitting at a later date.

Scottish saltmarsh, sea-level rise, and the potential for managed realignment to deliver blue carbon gains

An assessment of the potential for managed realignment of Scotland’s coastline to create suitable areas for saltmarsh habitats within the intertidal environment specifically for blue carbon benefits.

Tidal Flooding on the Clyde Options Analysis and Scoping of Adaptation Pathways

Research to help frame actions and decisions at a local, regional and national level around future flood resilience and long-term adaptation on the Clyde. It supports adaptation pathways as a decision-making tool to adapt to climate change and the inherent uncertainties of future risk.

Taking a managed adaptive approach to flood risk management planning – evidence for guidance

Research to inform guidance by investigating how local authorities are currently developing adaptive flood risk management plans. The report looks at case studies across Scotland.