Denyse joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in September 2019 as a Research Officer working with Dr. Declan Conway. Her work focuses on using climate information for adaptation, through comparative work between the UK and countries in either Africa or South Asia.


Prior to joining Grantham, Denyse did her PhD in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. There, she combined climate information (including satellite rainfall data and storm advisories), economic and disaster data, alongside local perspectives, to focus on the potential for using climate information for disaster and climate risk management in the context of Caribbean small islands. Before the PhD programme, she completed MA degrees in Climate and Society (Columbia University) and in Development Studies/Economics of Development (International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague), as well as a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. Denyse has recently assisted a WB/ADB project by compiling climate change risk profiles for Pacific small islands, and has worked with the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, UNDESA, and the Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN in New York.

Research Interests

  • Evaluating and using climate information for decision-making
  • Climate change adaptation and development
  • Climate and society
  • Improving resilience to climate and weather shocks (incl. communication and preparedness)
  • Small Island Developing States


Research - 2022

This paper initially highlights the relatively short average period of ‘storm awareness timing’ in the region, less than 24 hours, with variations in time and space. Next, it evaluates the results of a survey on communicating disaster risk by a range of participants at the 2016 Wet/Hurricane Season Caribbean Community Climate Outlook Forum in Dominica. Read more

Research - 2021


Policy - 2021

This report presents the headline findings from a national survey of UK-based organisations’ perceptions about adapting to a changing climate, providing insights into a wide range of factors affecting organisational and sectoral perspectives on preparedness, risk and adaptation. Read more

Policy - 2020

The Philippines is highly exposed to natural hazards including typhoons. This report, finding that financial aid tends to be heavily focused on response to hazards rather than preparedness and resilience, investigates why further disaster risk policy intervention may be required at the local level and provides guidance to policymakers. Read more


Books - 2021

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