Resilience Finance Lab – aligning and mobilising finance for resilience and nature


The Resilience Finance Lab is an accelerator programme, backed by analytics and evidence, that brings together public and private financial institutions, policymakers, regulators, and the private sector to identify solutions to mobilise finance for resilience and align financial flows with climate resilient development. We focus on identifying policy, regulatory and financial solutions across water, natural capital, food, infrastructure and social finance.

The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report provided the most compelling, stark evidence of the growing challenges posed by climate and environmental change. Investing in resilience, including in natural capital, brings immediate benefits and is essential to drive transformative changes to manage future climate risks in our economy, food systems, cities, coastal areas, natural environment, and water management. Financing needs for adaptation in developing countries alone are estimated at USD 140-300 billion per year by 2030 (UNEP). 

The Resilience Finance Lab is hosted in collaboration with the UNDRR, Insurance Development Forum and others with the goal of working across governments, financial institutions, international organisations and CSOs to help mobilise investment in adaptation, food, water, nature, infrastructure and social systems aligned with national goals. We work both at national and global scale with regulators, IFIs and governments to embed resilience into financial systems, as well as at more local scales to mobilise finance in particular sectors.

Our work

Our accelerator programme is backed by data, analytics and research including:

  • Developing our toolkit for physical climate and environmental risk analytics, including modelling and analytics, such as the Global Resilience Index Initiative and our work as part of the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment and on stress testing and scenario analysis, including learning from the Bank of England CBES as well as collaborations with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
  • Advancing the economics of risk and adaptation, including quantifying the financial benefits of adaptation to governments and investors and designing new approaches to monetise these benefits to help mobilise finance for adaptation.
  • Advancing risk analytics for extreme weather events, compound shocks and tools for decision making under deep uncertainty, and integrating within decision making
  • Developing frameworks and metrics to help align finance with SDGs, adaptation and climate resilient development goals, including through our collaborations with OECD, the CFRF Adaptation Working Group and UNEPFI
  • Exploring how to build financial and fiscal resilience, including through policy and regulatory frameworks, as well as financial solutions including risk financing insurance, risk pooling and catastrophe bonds.
  • Analysing where policy interventions and public finance (including blended finance) can help to mobilise adaptation investment through setting the right enabling environment, such as our work on Mission Climate Ready for the UK, and with multilateral development banks and development finance institutions
  • The role of Ministries of Finance and fiscal policies in resilience and sustainability, including measuring the alignment of fiscal policies with adaptation goals, pdf (1.1 MB, 37 pages).
  • Developing new analytics and tools to identify and prioritise adaptation investments, and measure impacts, as well as design new financial instruments, with a focus on infrastructure and nature-based solutions in collaboration with the Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
  • Analysing the role of disaster risk financing and insurance in building resilience, including how to mobilise capital to de-risk investments in adaptation.
  • Advancing the global financial architecture, including development finance and fiscal policy, to align with resilience goals, including recommendations on how to make the global financial system shock-proof, underpinning a resilient net zero transition

Greg Briffa
DPhil student
Estelle Paulus
DPhil student
Akaraseth Puranasamriddhi
DPhil student
Dorian van Raalte
Research Associate