Nicola Ranger

Dr Nicola Ranger works as a specialist on crisis and disaster risk financing for the World Bank. Her research is on climate and disaster risk management, with a focus on multi-hazard risk assessment and how to make decisions under uncertainty, including forecast-based early action, insurance and climate-resilient development.


Nicola formerly worked as a senior adviser for the UK Department for International Development, focused on policy, analysis and delivering aid programmes on disaster and climate resilience, with a focus on early warning systems, risk financing and early humanitarian action.

Prior to this, Nicola was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Adaptation and Development at the Grantham Research Institute, LSE.

Nicola joined LSE in March 2009 from the insurance catastrophe modelling firm, Risk Management Solutions Ltd (RMS), where she was a Senior Research Analyst on climate change and disaster risk. Previous to this, she held positions as a scientific advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and as a Policy Analyst for HM Treasury, where she was part of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and later worked on international climate policy.

Nicola holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Imperial College London and a first-class honours degree in Physics from the University of Warwick.

Research interests

  • Crisis and Disaster Risk Financing
  • Climate-resilient development
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment
  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Risk communication and behaviour


Research - 2013

Research - 2012

Research - 2011


Policy - 2023

Policy - 2013

Policy - 2011

Policy - 2010

Policy - 2009


Events - 2021

Events - 2014


News - 2013

Senior Research Fellow, Nicola Ranger, produced this topic guide to stimulate thinking about two major issues: first, how climate change may alter the long-term outcomes of development interventions today, and, second, how such interventions can be better designed from the outset to have outcomes that enhance climate resilience and are themselves robust and adaptable to long-term stresses, like climate change. Read more

News - 2012

News - 2011

News - 2010

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