About the Risk and Resilience programme

We deliver high quality research, analysis and policy advice on the distribution of risk, the impacts of climate, weather extremes and other hazards on poverty and development, and the political economy of managing risk and building resilience.

Our ways of working include:

  • Understanding current and emerging risks at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels and their implications for poverty, vulnerability, economic growth and sustainable development.
  • Analysing the distribution and differential impacts of risk management strategies
  • Identifying strategies for building resilience in relation to risks in areas ranging from climate, extreme weather events and geophysical hazards, to infrastructure investment, urbanisation, rural livelihoods and disasters
  • Developing analytical frameworks that explore the inequalities in the distribution of risk and risk management capabilities
  • Exploring the underlying drivers of risk and the political economy of resilience strategies


Key emerging research and policy themes



  • Frameworks and measurement (Catherine Simonet)
  • Governance and institutional change (Emily Wilkinson)
  • Resilience in difficult environments, including conflict and fragile affected states (Katie Peters)
  • Climate risk information and information and Communications Technology (ICTs) (Lindsey Jones)
  • Gender equality and social inclusion (Emma Lovell)
  • Urban resilience (Aditya Bahadur)
  • Semi-arid economies and ecosystems (Elizabeth Carabine)
  • Disaster risk reduction, community resilience and socio-economic impact of disasters (John Twigg)
  • Urbanisation and governance of climate risk (Arabella Fraser)