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The Global South Climate Database

The Global South Climate Database is a publicly available, searchable database of scientists and experts in the fields of climate science, policy and energy.

The project, set up by Carbon Brief with the support of the Reuters Institute’s Oxford Climate Journalism Network, aims to ensure that journalists from all over the world can contact climate experts from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

Learn more about why the database was launched here.

The database

The database lists each person’s area of expertise, institutional affiliation, contact details and other relevant information. The experts cover many different languages from around the world, but all speak English too.

You can use the search bar to filter by research expertise, nationality, institution, pronouns etc.

Table by Tom Prater for Carbon Brief. Image credit: J2016CIAT / Georgina Smith.

The database was last updated on 5 December 2022.

The Oxford Climate Journalism Network – a programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford – is supporting Carbon Brief to promote and maintain the list.

Join the database

English-speaking climate experts from the global south are invited to fill out the form below, so that reporters and outlets from around the world can get in touch with you.

Add your details to the database

If you are a journalist, please do not add your details to the database. Instead, you are invited to use the database in your reporting.

When filling out the form, questions marked with a star are required, but all other questions are optional. Your details will be added to the public database following verification of your identity.

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Feel free to forward the form to climate experts from the global south who you think might be interested in joining the database. However, please do not fill it in on anyone else’s behalf, as the form asks for personal details (such as contact information).

If you wish to amend or remove your details from the list, please email [email protected]

Have you used the database? Please click here to give feedback

About the database

The database currently lists 849 experts from 102 countries. The map below shows the nationalities of the respondents, where larger circles indicate a greater number of experts.

All experts on the database are nationals of at least one global south country. Some experts have dual nationality and so are counted twice on this graphic.

There are currently more than 70 languages represented on the database. Spanish, Hindi and French are the most commonly spoken languages by experts on the database, after English.

Around 60% of respondents to the database use he/him pronouns, while 35% use she/her. Meanwhile, 0.9% of respondents identify as they/them.

To learn more about the database, please watch our webinar below:

FAQs

Who can submit their details to the database?

Each person submits their own details to the database and their entries are verified by the database’s verification team. The database includes English-speaking climate science, climate policy and energy experts, who are nationals of global south countries.

The database does not include:

  • Journalists
  • Activists who are not also experts in climate science, climate policy or energy
  • Experts from countries in the global north, including Australia
  • Experts who live in the global south, but are nationals of only global north countries
  • Experts who do not specialise in climate change

How are submissions to the database verified?

Our team checks each submission, to ensure that:

  • The individual has nationality with at least one country in the global south.
  • The individual has relevant expertise in climate science, energy or policy.
  • The submission is not spam, a bot or a repeat.
  • Spelling mistakes are removed and answers are formatted correctly.

We use the applicant’s webpage for and other publicly available information to do this. If important details are missing or unclear, the team will email the expert for clarification.

I submitted my details to the database using the google form. Why am I not on the website yet?

New responses to the database are verified roughly once a month. However, it could take longer if the team needs to clarify anything with you. Applications received up until 31 October should be online by 1 December, and so on.

If you submitted your details over a month ago and are still not on the website, please check your emails (also check your spam folder). We may be waiting for a response from you.

How do I change or delete my details?

If you wish to amend or remove your details from the list, please email
[email protected]

Why does the map show experts from global north countries?

All experts on the database are nationals of at least one global south country. However, some experts have dual nationality, and are affiliated with both a global north and a global south country. Experts with dual nationality are shown twice on the map.

Is there any way of knowing who will be a good speaker? Could you rate people?

The database includes a section for experts to list their media experience. This will allow journalists to see who has experience, and look at past media appearances to make your own judgement.

Why must experts submit their own details? This is putting the burden of responsibility back onto the global south.

Self-submission means that only people interested in being contacted by the media are included in the database. It also limits any biases that might arise from the Global South Climate Database team selecting experts for the database.

Experts must also submit their own details to the database for data protection reasons. This ensures that everyone on the database has given permission for their personal data to be shared publicly. To keep this extra work to a minimum, the form is very quick to fill in.

I’m not a global south expert, how can I get involved?

You can help promote the call for submissions, and spread the word to journalists about the database by using our social media toolkit: https://bit.ly/GSCD-Tooklit.

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