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About the Climate Change and Disaster Risk team

We design, implement, and evaluate climate change and disaster management policies, analyse the costs of inaction, and provide training in related fields.

Climate change is increasingly at the forefront of international discussion. It is vital that governments are able to implement the policies and investments required to adapt to the effects of climate change, build resilience to cope with climate-related disasters, and seize low-carbon growth opportunities.

Adaptation and resilience

Climate change presents a fundamental challenge to poor countries, given their high exposure to climate impacts and low capacity to adapt. The climate change trajectories that are already locked in threaten to stall or roll back the development gains made over the last fifty years.

We work with governments and communities to research, design, and deliver approaches to climate change adaptation and resilience. Our CPGD/Action on Climate Today programme works with five South Asian governments to mainstream climate adaptation into processes of planning and budgeting. In Nepal, we have supported local governance of climate adaptation through the design of the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme Phase II. We also led cutting-edge research into the impacts of the 2015-6 El Niño event upon the most vulnerable households and children in Ethiopia.

We have strong capabilities in water resource management, in light of the stresses caused by climate change. We have conducted an economic analysis of climate adaptation options in DFID’s water programmes in three countries, and assessed climate finance flows to the water sector. In the ACT programme, we support policy innovations for incentivising water efficiency, reducing land degradation and increasing water availability, and integrating water-agriculture nexus issues into overarching policy.

Mitigation and low-carbon growth

A low-carbon growth model is essential if countries are to meet the twin challenges of improving human welfare and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Many ‘must-win’ opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are in emerging economies, as they rapidly scale up building construction, transport systems, and power plants. Installing low-carbon infrastructure at the outset is cheaper than retrofitting. Moreover, it has been estimated that emissions from agriculture, forestry, and land use – the majority of which occur in developing countries – represent a substantial proportion of the most cost-effective emission abatement opportunities globally up to 2030.

We have a wealth of experience supporting policymakers to make informed decisions around low-carbon growth strategies. The Low-Carbon Support programme with the Indonesian Ministry of Finance generated numerous fiscal and regulatory actions to incentivise renewable energy. The Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth brings researchers, policymakers, and private sector together to address the challenges of designing large-scale energy systems in low-income countries. The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme Phase III in Indonesia supports development of sustainable forest-based production and governance systems.

Disaster risk

Recent decades have witnessed a marked increase in the number and severity of natural disasters. Going forward, the incidence, severity, and impact of natural disasters is expected to further increase, placing greater demands on humanitarian responses and relief efforts across a range of scales. The need for efficient response mechanisms and insightful approaches to identifying, assessing, and reducing the risks of disasters have led to the inclusion of disasters in the UN’s post-2015 development framework.

We have extensive experience in the design, review, and implementation of effective policies, strategies, and plans for reducing and managing disaster risk. We have diverse projects in this area, including flood management, vulnerability assessment, early warning, emergency cash-transfers, and disaster insurance. For example, we conducted a two-year research programme on improving the effectiveness of disaster risk management (DRM) capacity building at local and national levels, with the findings published in the World Disasters Report. We are also currently conducting a ten year evaluation of the African Risk Capacity, an innovative African Union initiative aimed at combining early warning, disaster risk management, and risk finance to create an African-owned, disaster response system that enables African governments to better meet the needs of people at risk of disasters.

Our people

The Climate Change and Disaster Risk team is led by Ed Humphrey. Find Ed on LinkedIn.

Dr Marcela Tarazona is an economist with substantial experience providing policy advice and managing large programmes related to climate change, disaster risk, climate and disaster risk finance and insurance, energy, experimental and behavioural economics, M&E, and gender. Find Marcela on LinkedIn

Phil Marker is based in OPM’s India office and specialises in supporting governments on strategy, policy, and implementation related to energy, climate change, governance, and growth. Find Phil on LinkedIn.

Katherine Cooke specialises in international and domestic climate change policy, including mitigation, adaptation, measurement reporting, and verification (MRV), climate finance, and industrial energy efficiency. Find Katherine on LinkedIn.

Arif Pervaiz is based in our Pakistan office and brings over 16 years of experience with environmental, WASH, urban transport, and climate change related initiatives. Find Arif on LinkedIn.

Ajith Radhakrishnan specialises in agriculture, natural resources management, water, government reform, and green growth strategies.

Bimal Regmi is based in the our Nepal office where he works on climate change and disaster risk in Nepal, as well as contributing to the broader work of the organisation in the country.

Erica Favretti has over ten years’ experience managing large humanitarian and development programmes for INGOs like Save the Children and Action Against Hunger in eight countries (Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia). Find Erica on LinkedIn.

Anna Duncan-Grant is the programme manager for the Climate Proofing Growth and Development programme.

Elizabeth Gogoi is based in OPM’s India office and specialises in climate change and energy policy and planning, with a particular interest in the governance and political economy dimensions. Find Elizabeth on LinkedIn.

Dr Ryan Hogarth provides policy support and conducts research on issues related to climate change, renewable energy, energy access, and development. Find Ryan on LinkedIn.

Felicity Le Quesne works on climate and disaster risk management, climate adaptation, and resilience.

Luca Petrarulo is consultant and project manager, with multi-disciplinary expertise focusing on the nexus between climate, environmental, social, and political changes. Find Luca on LinkedIn.

Dr Ana Solórzano specialises in poverty and vulnerability reduction, social protection, climate shocks, climate change adaptation, and resilience.

Dr Lucrezia Tincani leads OPM’s work on water security, and brings extensive experience providing policy support and conducting evaluations on water resource governance, transboundary water resource management, and disaster risk management. Find Lucrezia on LinkedIn.

Harshita Bisht is based in our India office, and has a background in sustainable development and climate change adaptation.

Dr Iliana Cardenes specialises in water and climate change policy and security, water resources management, and disaster risk management. Find Iliana on LinkedIn.

Dwi Rahardiani specialises in the socio-environmental sector, including climate change adaptation, resilience, and natural resource management. Find Dwi on LinkedIn.

Marwah Maqbool Malik is based in our Pakistan office and has a background in poverty, inequalities, and vulnerability reduction. Find Marwah on LinkedIn.