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Emily Wilkinson

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative

  • Global Risks and Resilience
Portrait of Emily Wilkinson

Emily is a Senior Research Fellow in the ODI Global Risks and Resilience Programme and Director of the Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative (RESI). She has 25 years’ experience as a researcher, analyst, journalist, lecturer and adviser to government, providing critical analysis and leading debate on climate and disaster risk governance and financing.

Emily is a specialist in Small-Island Developing States (SIDS), where she focuses on climate policy, access to finance and opportunities for long-term development in an era of accelerating climate change. She serves as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Climate Resilience Agency for Dominica (CREAD), supporting the nation’s ambition to become the world’s first climate resilient nation, and is an adviser of the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS) on adaptation.

Emily 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), and worked previously as a researcher at El Colegio de México, leading the first independent evaluation of Mexico’s National Disaster Fund, FONDEN.

Emily holds a PhD in Human Geography from University College London.

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

    Working papers

  2. Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

    Working papers

  3. The evidence base on anticipatory action

    Working papers

  4. Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

    Briefing/policy papers

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

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

    Working papers

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

    Working papers

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

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

    Research reports

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

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

  13. Forecasting hazards, averting disasters: implementing forecast-based early action at scale

    Research reports

  14. Towards a more resilient Caribbean after the 2017 hurricanes

    Working papers

  15. 'Building back better': a resilient Caribbean after the 2017 hurricanes

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. The UK should be better prepared for disasters in its Overseas Territories

  17. BRACED Resilience exchange: what have we learned so far?

    Research reports

  18. Adapting to changes in volcanic behaviour: formal and informal interactions for enhanced risk management at Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador


  19. ODI at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


  20. Delivering disaster risk reduction by 2030: pathways to progress

    Research reports