Alex Jarman

Former PhD student

Alex Jarman

Alex is a fourth-year PhD research student working towards his thesis, entitled ‘Quantitative applied climate economics for the insurance industry’, sponsored by the reinsurance company, Munich Re.

The research is part of one of the broader programmes currently being implemented at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Alex graduated with a Physics degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1998, and then more recently with a Masters in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he was awarded a NERC studentship. In addition, he has worked for over seven years in finance and accounting in both the private and public sectors.

Research interests

  • Evaluation of forecast skill and value for model-based decision-support;
  • Extreme weather and climate forecasting and associated economic impacts;
  • Forecasting with count data and small-number statistics;
  • Nonlinear time series analysis;
  • Physics and predictability of weather and climate.