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Sarah Opitz-Stapleton

Research Associate

  • Global Risks and Resilience
Portrait of Sarah Opitz-Stapleton

Dr Sarah Opitz-Stapleton is a Research Associate in the Global Risks and Resilience programme. She works at the intersection of climate services, social vulnerability and risk analysis for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction programmes in Asia and Latin America. Sarah has a PhD in Environmental Studies and MS in Hydrology Civil Engineering.

Sarah focuses on identifying social vulnerability and multi-hazard risk factors to provide science to support socially responsible decision making. She also conducts climate modelling and analysis to understand potential climate risks to human health, sustainable development and urban water supply. Sarah was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Adapting to Climate Change in China Project (ACCC Phase I and II).

Sarah previously worked with ISET-International on multiple projects, including the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network and leading Water, Urbanization and Climate Change in Jaipur, India.

  1. Rethinking climate-security narratives: integrating systemic disaster risk management in development

    Research reports

  2. BRI energy infrastructure in Pakistan: environmental and climate risks and opportunities

    Research reports

  3. Transboundary climate and adaptation risks in Africa: perceptions from 2021

    Research reports

  4. Climate change, conflict and displacement: implications for protection agencies


  5. IPCC report: No further proof needed of our planetary emergency

  6. Disasters by design: the need for actionable risk management

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

    Research reports

  8. In pursuit of resilience: assessing threats and trade-offs for risk-informed development in Myanmar and Niger

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

  11. When rising temperatures don't lead to rising tempers: climate and insecurity in Niger

    Working papers

  12. The Wilton Park agenda on adapting to transboundary climate risk

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Risk-informed development: from crisis to resilience

    Research reports

  14. Child poverty, disasters and climate change

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

    Research reports

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

    Press Release

  17. Low carbon development: a paradigm shift towards a green economy in Indonesia

    Research reports

  18. Infographics: climate change, migration and displacement

  19. Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach

    Research reports