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

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

    Research reports

  3. Resilience Scan: July-September 2017


  4. Disaster risk insurance: understanding and improving the reliability of products

  5. Disaster risk insurance: understanding the role of microinsurance

  6. Resilience Scan: April-June 2017


  7. Disaster risk insurance and the triple dividend of resilience

    Working papers

  8. Looking beyond insurance: the UK’s new disaster protection centre

  9. Resilience Scan: January-March 2017

    Research reports

  10. How self-help groups strengthen resilience: tackling food insecurity in protracted crises in Ethiopia

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  12. Resilience Scan: October-December 2016

    Research reports

  13. Resilience Scan: July-September 2016

    Research reports