Catherine Simonet

Overseas Development Institute

Catherine holds a PhD in Development Economics from the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches internationales (CERDI) in Clermont-Ferrand. Her thesis, “Climate change, Rainfall Shocks and Food Security: Using Climate Information for Development Economics”, focused on the impact of climate shocks on economic development and vulnerability in a context of climate change.

Before joining ODI, Catherine worked as Researcher for the think tank the Foundation for International Development Study. Her research focused mainly on Least Developed Countries and Climate Change Adaptation. Most recently she worked for the European Commission as a Research Officer (Joint Research Center) in the Climate Risk Management team. She has performed several missions in sub-Saharan Africa in countries such as Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali, as well as in Pacific countries, including Tonga and Polynesia. Catherine is focusing on Research Area 3 in PRISE: ‘Harnessing opportunities for climate-resilient economic development in semi-arid lands: adaptation options in key sectors’.