Emily’s current research is split across four areas: (i) incentivising public investment in disaster and climate risk management; (ii) aligning public policy with risk perceptions and behaviour of households in volcanic areas; (iii) the use of regulatory and fiscal instruments to influence private sector behaviour and risk creation; and (iv) the political economy of forecast-based early action and disaster risk reduction financing. Since the widespread destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria across the Caribbean, Emily has been supporting ‘building back better’ strategies with national governments, regional agencies and donors.
Emily was Head of Research for the DFID-funded Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters Programme (BRACED) from 2014-18 and led research on climate risk management for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) from 2014-17. Emily has a PhD in human geography from University College London.
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