Helen J.P. Wiley is a Policy Analyst and Project Manager at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. Her research centers on innovative disaster insurance tools, floodplain buyout policy, and ecosystem-based adaptation. She manages the Risk Center’s Policy Incubator projects, which support novel approaches for increasing resilience through workable on-the-ground solutions. Additionally, Helen manages student research and engagement opportunities.
With both domestic and international experience in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation issues, Helen is interested in transferring strategies across these contexts and advancing innovative policy solutions. Before joining the Risk Center, Helen most recently provided research support for climate and disaster risk reduction projects at the German Development Institute (DIE) and at the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), a United Nations research organization. Helen holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Washington University in St. Louis; her M.Sc. in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security was administered jointly by the United Nations University and the University of Bonn, Germany.
Kousky, C., Wiley, H., and L. Shabman (2021). Can Parametric Microinsurance Improve the Financial Resilience of Low-Income Households in the United States?. Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. July.
Wiley, H. (2021). A Q&A on California’s Proposed Revolving Loan Program for Coastal Retreat [Blog Post]. Lab Notes. June 1.
Wharton Risk Center and MMC (2021). Community-Based Catastrophe Insurance: A Model for Closing the Disaster Insurance Gap.
Kousky, C. and Wiley, H. (2021). Improving the Post-Flood Financial Resilience of Lower-Income Households through Insurance. Wharton Risk Center Issue Brief. January.
Kousky, C., Wiley, H., and L. Shabman (2020). Can Parametric Microinsurance Improve the Financial Resilience of Low-Income Households in the United States?. Philadelphia: Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania. September.
Wiley, H. and C. Kousky (2020). Speeding Up Post-Disaster Housing Buyouts. Solutions. Volume 11, Issue 3. September.
Wiley, H, et al. (2020). The Cost of Wildfires: A closer look at the impacts of wildfires in California and the west [Esri Storyboard]. Philadelphia: Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania. August.
Wharton Risk Center (2020). Digital Dialogue No. 5: Scaling up Coastal Ecosystem Protection. Philadelphia: Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania. July.
Kousky, C. and H. Wiley (2020). The Role of Insurance in Coastal Adaptation: Workshop Findings. Philadelphia: Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania. March.
Wiley, H. (2018). Must Floodplain Buyouts Decrease Tax Revenue? [Blog Post]. Lab Notes. July 5.
Hagenlocher, M., Schneiderbauer, S., Sebesvari, Z., Bertram, M., Renner, K., Renaud, F.G., Wiley, H. & Zebisch, M. (2018). Climate Risk Assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A guidebook for planners and practitioners. Bonn: GIZ.
Wiley, H. (2018). Regional Conservation as a Climate Adaptation Tool [Blog Post]. Lab Notes. May 3.