Nicola Ranger

Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE

Nicola Ranger

Dr Nicola Ranger is a Visiting Senior Fellow with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Nicola’s research is funded by the Munich Re Programme at LSE.

Her current research interests include climate-resilient development, the economics of adaptation, the interpretation of uncertain information for decision-support in climate change, adaptation decision making, the roles of disaster risk reduction and insurance in adaptation and international climate finance for adaptation.


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.

While at RMS, Nicola led a number of public and private sector research projects related to climate change risk assessment and adaptation economics for sponsors, including the OECD, the World Bank, Lloyd’s of London and CERES.

Previous to this, she held positions as a scientific advisor and policy analyst for the Climate, Energy and Ozone: Science and Analysis division of Defra (now part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change) and on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change at HM Treasury.

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

  • Climate-resilient development;
  • Economics of adaptation;
  • Interpretation of climate model information for decision-support;
  • Climate change and natural catastrophes;
  • Adaptation decision-making under uncertainty;
  • The role of disaster risk reduction and insurance;
  • International climate finance for adaptation
  • Scientific, technological and economic feasibility of global emissions reductions to meet long-term targets.