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Emma Lovell has over 10 years’ experience working at the interface of disaster risk management, resilience, climate change, gender equality, social inclusion and sustainable development. She acts as ODI’s strategic lead on equity and inclusion in risk management, bringing particular expertise in building intersectional approaches to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience. She has worked with and advised a range of governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, foundations, multilateral and regional organizations on policies, strategies and implementation around these themes.

Emma's geographical areas of expertise includes South Asia and South-East Asia, East Africa and the Caribbean. Before ODI, Emma worked in Bangkok, Thailand for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and with the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) South East Asia Regional Office.

She has extensive experience in managing large international research projects across finance, business development and strategic communications. 

  1. An Analytical Review: A Decade of Urban Resilience


  2. Issue brief: Resilient Generation: supporting young people’s prospects for decent work in the drylands of east and west Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Report: Resilient Generation: supporting young people’s prospects for decent work in the drylands of east and west Africa

    Research reports

  4. Gender equality, social inclusion and resilience in Malawi

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. International Women's Day: Time to put Malawi's gender equality laws into practice

  6. Climate change, conflict and fragility: an evidence review and recommendations for research and action

    Research reports

  7. Enhancing women-focused investments in climate and disaster resilience

    Research reports

  8. The influence of the physical environment on self-recovery after disasters in Nepal and the Philippines


  9. Reducing the risk of protracted and multiple disaster displacements in Asia-Pacific

    Research reports

  10. Words into action: engaging children and youth in disaster risk reduction and resilience building


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

    Working papers

  12. Barriers to urban shelter self-recovery in Philippines and Nepal: lessons for humanitarian policy and practice


  13. Building resilience for all


  14. Building resilience for all: intersectional approaches for reducing vulnerability to natural hazards in Nepal and Kenya

    Research reports

  15. Intersectional approaches to vulnerability reduction and resilience-building

    Research reports

  16. Child poverty, disasters and climate change

  17. Child poverty, disasters and climate change: investigating relationships and implications over the life course of children

    Research reports

  18. Children in disaster-prone areas in India twice as likely to be living in poverty – new report

    Press Release

  19. Disability inclusion and disaster risk reduction: overcoming barriers to progress

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. 'Leave no one behind' index 2018

    Briefing/policy papers

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