Chase's research is on climate change adaptation within the agricultural sector.
He represents one of four “lenses” (social, environmental, economic and political) on a four-student project called Systemic Integrated Adaptation (SIA), led out of the Environmental Change Institute in partnership with the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
The aim of the SIA initiative is to provide truly interdisciplinary research on climate change adaptation by drawing together researchers with diverse backgrounds and disciplinary training. Within the project, he represents the political lens and focuses on understanding how central level adaptation policy impacts small scale agricultural producers, and, in turn, how the viewpoints of those producers are captured in the policy process.
He is working at the intersection between planned and autonomous adaptation to climate change, focussing specifically on power/influence dynamics between actors across multiple levels and how these processes affect the equitable delivery of adaptation projects and funding.