Arabella has 15 years’ experience of research, research management, technical advice and teaching in the international development sector. She has worked in Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern and Southern Africa in the analysis of livelihoods, vulnerability, climate risk and adaptation, and politics and governance. She has worked with a range of NGOs, think tanks, governments and international agencies. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics on the governance of adaptation in informal, urban settlements and specialises in urban climate adaptation and resilience. Her current research focusses on the use of climate science in urban adaptation policy-making, the governance of small-scale but high local-impact disasters and approaches to risk reduction in informal, urban settlements. In addition, she is Lead Editor for a forthcoming Special Issue of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction on Africa’s Urban Risk and Resilience.