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Emily Wilkinson

Senior Research Fellow

  • Global Risks and Resilience
Portrait of Emily Wilkinson

Emily is a Senior Research Fellow in the ODI Global Risks and Resilience Programme, leading a team working on ‘Advancing resilience ambition and financing’. She has 25 years’ experience as a researcher, analyst, journalist, lecturer and adviser to government, providing critical analysis and leading debate on resilience, sustainable development, climate change adaptation and risk governance. Here current work focuses on sustaining development in Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) in the context of climate change.

Emily is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Climate Resilience Agency for Dominica (CREAD), supporting the nation’s ambition to become the first climate resilient country in the world; and is Co-Director of the Caribbean Resilience and Recovery Knowledge Network (CRRKN). She holds a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council and has led major research and learning programmes for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters Programme (BRACED). Emily holds a PhD in Human Geography from University College London.

  1. Think Change episode 14: climate loss and damage – who should pay?

  2. The US is vying for more influence in the Pacific region – but what does this mean for Pacific Islands?

  3. As attention turns to Small Island Developing States at HLPF, the international community must step up its commitment

  4. What if the Commonwealth was really about common wealth?

  5. The Caribbean - a region of excellence for urban climate resilience: lifelong learning for urban planners

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. An Analytical Review: A Decade of Urban Resilience


  7. Our thoughts on COP26 – reflections on the Glasgow Climate Pact

  8. Towards sustained development in Small Island Developing States: why we need to reshape global governance

    Working papers

  9. Sustaining development in Small Island Developing States: a reform agenda

    Briefing/policy papers

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

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

    Working papers

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


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

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

  15. Strengthening forecast-based early action in the Caribbean

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Working papers

  17. Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

    Working papers

  18. The evidence base on anticipatory action

    Working papers

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

  20. Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

    Briefing/policy papers