Nicole joined SEI Asia as Research Associate in September 2019 supporting the Climate Change, Disaster and Development Cluster. Her interests include disaster displacement; disaster risk reduction; climate change policy, climate change adaptation and loss and damage; agriculture; and humanitarian finance.
Moving to Germany after completing her BA in Disaster Risk Reduction and Food Studies in the USA, Nicole received a joint MSc in Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security from the United Nations University and the University of Bonn. During her studies, Nicole worked as a research assistant with the German Development Institute where she contributed to projects connecting the Sustainable Development Goals to climate action, water governance and sustainable agriculture. Her Master thesis considered how displacement has been addressed in the international climate change negotiations, focusing on the outcomes of the Task Force on Displacement, which presented recommendations to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change in 2018.
Prior to moving to Bangkok to join SEI Asia, Nicole worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Platform on Disaster Displacement in Geneva, Switzerland where she collaborated with States, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to advocate for the better protection of those displaced by disasters.