Erin is a Research Associate with the Global Risks and Resilience Programme at ODI. Her research focuses on global adaptation, Loss and Damage and the role of leadership in scaling up climate action and more recently she has also begun working on human mobility as a response to climate change impacts. Erin holds an MSc in Development Studies and a PhD in Geography. Her PhD thesis evaluated the way in which leadership shaped the evolution of Loss and Damage policy in Bangladesh and she continues to be interested in the way in which policy entrepreneurs drive policy change.
Erin has over 10 years’ experience working on climate policy in a variety of contexts, all with a focus on vulnerable developing countries. She started her career on climate change with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development where she oversaw a research project in Bangladesh as part the Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative. She also worked with the African Climate Policy Centre and was part of the team that developed the African Adaptation Initiative.
Erin has supported both the Least Developed Countries Group and the African Group of Negotiators in the international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on both adaptation and Loss and Damage. She currently provides technical support to several negotiators from vulnerable developing countries in the discussions on both adaptation and Loss and Damage, including a group of young negotiators called the New Generation.
In addition to her work with ODI, Erin does research for global think tanks and UN agencies. She also leads both the Loss and Damage Collaboration and the Climate Leadership Initiative. In every aspect of her work Erin aims to empower young climate leaders from the global South.