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Director of Research

Global Centre on Disaster Risk and Poverty, University of Kentucky

Speaking At:
Drowning and Drought: Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change
June 26, 2013 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 147A
Topic: Climate Change

Collier Presentation

Benjamin Collier is the Director of Research at the Global Centre on Disaster Risk and Poverty. His research and field work pertain to addressing the constraints to investment in developing and emerging economies created by natural disaster and climate risk. For example, Dr. Collier has worked most extensively in Peru where he has built capacity in a variety of financial institutions through direct collaboration regarding natural disaster risk assessments and stress test modeling. As a result of this work, one of the most highly respected microfinance institutions in Latin America is now insuring against extreme El NiƱo events, allowing it to expand financial access sustainably in vulnerable regions of Peru.

Dr. Collier maintains an active research program and publishes in a variety of outlets. His most recent peer-reviewed academic paper, coauthored with Jerry Skees, is published in the journal Natural Hazards and is entitled “Enhancing Financial Services through Portfolio-Level Disaster Insurance.” His publications also appear in the Geneva Papers and the Agricultural Finance Review. Dr. Collier’s doctorate is from the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. He also holds master’s degrees in economics and psychology.