Associate Professor (Chargé de cours)

Location (visits by appointment only)
Institut d’études européennes (office R41.4.202)
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 39
1050 Brussels

Mailing Address
Université libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 50 - CP 172/01
1050 Brussels



Romain Weikmans is Associate Professor (« Chargé de cours ») at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) / Free University of Brussels. He is affiliated to REPI, a research unit of the Department of Political Science at ULB. His research is mainly in the field of global climate governance, with a focus on international climate finance, climate transparency, and climate adaptation. He has published widely on these topics, including in Nature Climate Change, Climate Policy, and Global Environmental Politics. Coverage of his work can be found in Nature, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and various other news outlets.

Romain Weikmans earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Management from ULB in 2015. He has conducted research and taught at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, at Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab (Providence, RI, USA), and at the Environmental Change Institute (Oxford University). He is a lead author of the 2020 UNEP Adaptation Gap Report and a contributing author to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (WG2). From 2018 to 2021, Romain Weikmans was the Vice-Chair of the Working Group ‘Energy-Climate’ of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development.

Research interests

  • Global environmental governance
  • International climate policy
  • Climate finance
  • Climate and development
  • Global South
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Governance by transparency / governance by information disclosure
  • Air pollution
  • Environmental mainstreaming in development co-operation



Weikmans, R. (2023). The normative foundations of international climate adaptation finance. Elements in Earth System Governance. Cambridge University Press.

van Gameren, V., Weikmans, R., & Zaccai, E. (2014). L’adaptation au changement climatique. Éditions La Découverte.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Robinson, S.-a., Roberts, J. T., Weikmans, R., & Falzon, D. (2023). Vulnerability-based allocations in loss and damage finance. Nature Climate Change.

Harrould-Kolieb, E., van Hasselt, H., Weikmans, R., & Vihma, A. (2023). Opening the black box of transparency: An analytical framework for exploring causal pathways from reporting and review to state behaviour change. International Studies Review.

Ciplet, D., Falzon, D., Uri, I., Robinson, S.-a., Weikmans, R., & Roberts, J. T. (2022). The unequal geographies of climate finance: Climate injustice and dependency in the world system. Political Geography.

Pauw, W. P., Moslener, U., Zamarioli, L. H., Amerasinghe, N., Atela, J., Affana, J. P. B., Buchner, B., Klein, R. J. T., Mbeva, K. L., Puri, J., Roberts, J. T., Shawoo, Z., Watson, C., & Weikmans, R. (2022). Post-2025 climate finance target: how much more and how much better?. Climate Policy.

Roberts, J. T., & Weikmans, R. (2022). Checking contentious counting. Nature Climate Change.

Weikmans, R., & Gupta, A. (2021). Assessing state compliance with multilateral climate transparency requirements: ‘Transparency Adherence Indices’ and their research and policy implications. Climate Policy.

Roberts, J.T., Weikmans, R., Robinson, S.-a., Ciplet, D., Khan, M., & Falzon, D. (2021). Rebooting a failed promise of climate finance. Nature Climate Change.

Robinson, S.-a., Khan, M., Roberts, J.T., Weikmans, R., & Ciplet, D. (2021). Financing loss and damage from slow onset events in developing countries. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Khan, M., Robinson, S.-A., Weikmans, R., Ciplet, D., & Roberts, J. T. (2020). Twenty-five years of adaptation finance through a climate justice lens. Climatic Change.

Weikmans, R., Roberts, J.T, & Robinson, S.-a. (2020). What counts as climate finance? Define urgently. Nature.

Weikmans, R., van Asselt, H., & Roberts, J. T. (2020). Transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement and their (un)likely impact on strengthening the ambition of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Climate Policy.

Weikmans, R., & Roberts, J.T. (2019). The international climate finance accounting muddle: Is there hope on the horizon?. Climate and Development.

Ciplet, D., Adams, K., Weikmans, R., & Roberts, J.T. (2018). The Transformative Capability of Transparency in Global Environmental Governance. Global Environmental Politics.

Gewirtzman, J., Natson, S., Richards, J.-A., Hoffmeister, V., Durand, A., Weikmans, R., Huq, S., & Roberts, J.T. (2018). Financing loss and damage: reviewing options under the Warsaw International Mechanism. Climate Policy.

Weikmans, R. (2018). Évaluation de l’aide et mobilisation financière internationale autour de l’adaptation au changement climatique. Revue internationale des études du développement.

Roberts, J.T., Natson, S., Hoffmeister, V., Durand, A., Weikmans, R., Gewirtzman, J., & Huq, S. (2017). How will we pay for loss and damage?. Ethics, Policy & Environment.

Roberts, J.T., & Weikmans, R. (2017). Fragmentation, failing trust and enduring tensions over what counts as climate finance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.

Weikmans, R. (2017). Comprendre la mobilisation financière autour de l’aide à l’adaptation au changement climatique. Critique internationale.

Weikmans, R. (2017). International Adaptation Finance: Between Hope and Reality. In Thiébault, S., Laville, B., & Euzen, A. (Dir.). Adapting to Climate Change: A Question for our Societies. Edisens, Paris.

Weikmans, R., Roberts, J.T., Baum, J., Bustos, C., & Durand, A. (2017). Assessing the credibility of how climate adaptation aid projects are categorised. Development in Practice.

Weikmans, R., & Zaccai, E. (2017). Pourquoi aider les pays en développement ? Conceptions de la justice dans l’aide à l’adaptation au changement climatique. Développement durable et territoires.

Weikmans, R. (2016). Dimensions éthiques de l’allocation du financement international de l’adaptation au changement climatique. Vertigo.

Weikmans, R. (2016). Le rôle de la coopération au développement dans le financement international de l’adaptation au changement climatique. In Zacharie, A. (Dir.). La nouvelle géographie du développement. Coopérer dans un monde en mutation. La Muette, Bruxelles.

Weikmans, R., & Roberts, J.T. (2016). Élaborer un système robuste de comptabilisation du financement climatique international. Liaison Énergie-Francophonie.

Weikmans, R. (2013). Du changement incrémental au changement transformationnel : actions de l’aide internationale à l’adaptation. Actes du 1er Congrès interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable : quelle transition pour nos sociétés ?.

Weikmans, R. (2012). Le coût de l’adaptation aux changements climatiques dans les pays en développement. Vertigo.

Other publications (selection)

Weikmans, R., & Vihma, A. (2022). Transparency in multilateral climate governance: Ranking countries by the Climate Transparency Adherence Index. FIIA Briefing Paper.

New, M., Reckien, D., Viner, D., (...), Weikmans, R., (...) (2022). Chapter 17. Decision-Making Options for Managing Risk. Working Group II Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Arond, E., van Asselt, H., Bradley, S., (…), Gupta, A., (…) & Weikmans, R. (2021). The critical role of transparency in addressing the production gap. 2021 Production Gap Report. Stockholm Environment Institute and United Nations Environment Programme.

Pauw, P., Weikmans, R., Watson, C., Jahns, H., Prowse, M., Quevedo, A., & Puri, J. (2021). Global progress on financing for adaptation. 2020 Adaptation Gap Report. United Nations Environment Programme.

van Asselt, H., Weikmans, R., & Roberts, J.T. (2019). Pocket Guide to Transparency under the UNFCCC. Oxford Climate Policy / European Capacity Building Initiative, Oxford.

Ledant, J.-P., Weikmans, R., N’Dri, F. A., & Yao, J.-P. (2018). Guide d’intégration des changements climatiques dans les politiques agricoles et forestières de Côte d’Ivoire. COTA et ULB, Bruxelles.

Ledant, J.-P., N’Dri, F. A., Weikmans, R., & Yao, J.-P. (2018). Diagnostic de l’intégration des changements climatiques dans la planification et la budgétisation des politiques agricoles et forestières nationales, sectorielles et locales en Côte d’Ivoire. COTA et ULB, Bruxelles.

Ledant, J.-P., Weikmans, R., N’Dri, F. A., & Yao, J.-P. (2018). Inventaire commenté des approches existantes pour l’intégration du changement climatique dans les politiques sectorielles liées à l'agriculture en conditions tropicales. COTA et ULB, Bruxelles.