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Lena Weingärtner

Research Associate

  • Global Risks and Resilience
Portrait of Lena Weingärtner

Lena is a Research Associate in ODI’s Global Risks and Resilience programme, working primarily on disaster risk management and financing. She has experience in researching and informing financial instruments and delivery mechanisms at micro, meso and sovereign levels. This includes approaches – such as parametric insurance, adaptive social protection, or anticipatory action – that link climate and weather information with rapid availability of funding to enable timely action.

A further focus of Lena’s work is on financial inclusion and the role of financial services for enhancing resilience to climate change and disasters.

Lena holds a MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Mannheim.

She has also worked as a Consultant for the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) hosted at the UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), for Kimetrica, and as a Research Assistant for the German Institute for Human Rights on various topics including disaster risk knowledge platforms, sovereign risk pooling mechanisms, contingency planning, and food security.
 

  1. Methodological guidance to assess the value for money of premium and capital support towards climate and disaster risk finance and insurance

    Research reports

  2. Methodological guidance to determine the 'size' of premium and capital support (PCS) at macro level

    Research reports

  3. The political economy of premium subsidies: searching for better impact and design

    Research reports

  4. Anticipatory action and disaster risk finance: Guiding the setting of humanitarian targets

    Research reports

  5. Understanding the role of anticipatory action in Somalia

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Mapping financial flows for disasters: strengthening resilience and response to crises

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

    Toolkit/guidelines

  9. Investing for sustainable climate services: insights from African experience

    Research reports

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

  11. Strengthening forecast-based early action in the Caribbean

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

    Working papers

  13. The evidence base on anticipatory action

    Working papers

  14. Risk-informed approaches to humanitarian funding: using risk finance tools to strengthen resilience

    Research reports

  15. Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Financial flows mapping: the potential for a risk finance facility for civil society

    Working papers

  17. Layering and tailoring financial services for resilience: insights, opportunities and challenges from BRACED projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal and Senegal

    Working papers

  18. Linking financial services and social protection for resilience: lessons from Kenya

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Working papers

  20. Linking financial services and social protection for resilience in Kenya

    Working papers