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Emily Wilkinson

Senior Research Fellow

Global Risks and Resilience

Portrait of Emily Wilkinson

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.

  1. Small-Island Developing States need urgent support to avoid debt defaults

  2. Enhanced preparedness for extreme weather across the Caribbean: a joint work plan


  3. Preparing for extreme weather in the Caribbean: what role for forecast-based early action?

    Working papers

  4. Principled Aid Index 2020

    Working papers

  5. To finance resilience in small states, governments and development partners must take some risks

  6. How to take early action in the eastern Caribbean to avoid climate extremes becoming disasters

  7. Strengthening forecast-based early action in the Caribbean

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas

    Working papers

  9. Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

    Working papers

  10. The evidence base on anticipatory action

    Working papers

  11. Covid-19: a lesson in leadership from the Caribbean

  12. Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Understanding the Covid-19 crisis: insights from risk management on choices, preferences and trade-offs

  14. The governance of Nepal’s flood early warning system: opportunities under federalism

    Working papers

  15. Anticipatory crisis financing and action: concepts, initiatives and evidence

    Working papers

  16. The Caribbean must think carefully about how and where to ‘build back better’ after the hurricanes of 2017

  17. What impact are NGOs having on the wider development of climate services?

    Research reports

  18. Opportunities for Commonwealth development: creating jobs, sharing prosperity and increasing resilience

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. FbA, early response and late response in the case of droughts and cyclones

  20. Map showing FbA initiatives and short descriptions of selected pilots