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Katie is a Tyndall Centre Research Lecturer at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences. Katie is currently working on the OpenCLIM (Open CLimate IMpacts modelling framework) project, which aims to develop and apply a first UK integrated assessment for climate impacts and adaptation, modelling risks from heat and drought and water supply and the role of adaptation. She is also working on the project Climate services for a Net Zero resilient world (CS-N0W), that will use the latest scientific knowledge to contribute to evidence-based climate policy both in the UK and internationally, and strengthen the climate resilience of UK infrastructure, housing and communities.

Prior to starting this role in 2023, Katie worked as a Research Fellow at the Tyndall Centre since 2019, investigating the Implications of Global Warming of 1.5-4°C in Six Vulnerable Countries, providing expertise on the economic modelling of country-level direct and indirect economic costs of fluvial flooding, changes in agricultural yields, and coastal flooding.

Katie worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford from 2011-2020. She contributed to numerous projects developing integrated models and tools to assess climate risks on society and the economy.

Katie completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge modelling the economic and social impacts of drought events under future projections of climate change, and worked at the University of Cambridge at 4CMR (The Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research).

Key Research Interests

Katie is a research member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, with over ten years’ experience working on various multidisciplinary projects with a focus on the integrated assessment of climate risks, social and economic impacts, and adaptation strategies with a focus on urban and built environments. Key aspects include developing a range of methodologies and modelling tools to assess social and direct and indirect economic impacts of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather such as drought, high temperatures and flooding, as well as the role of adaptation strategies to reduce risks and enhance resilience.

Previous projects have included the Tyndall ARCADIA consortium project, where she developed an urban climate impact model for London; the EU FP7 project ENHANCE, where she developed an Agent Based Model for assessing surface water flood risk, insurance mechanisms and flood risk management options; and MaRIUS, where she modelled the direct and indirect economic consequences of drought and water scarcity for the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 200712 Dec 2011

Award Date: 28 Apr 2012

Master of Science, University of East Anglia

30 Sep 200430 Jun 2005

Award Date: 12 Jul 2006


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