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

    Working papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

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


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

    Working papers

  6. Principled Aid Index 2020

    Working papers

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

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

  9. Strengthening forecast-based early action in the Caribbean

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Working papers

  11. Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

    Working papers

  12. The evidence base on anticipatory action

    Working papers

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

  14. Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

    Briefing/policy papers

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

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

    Working papers

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

    Working papers

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

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

    Research reports

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

    Briefing/policy papers