Helen J.P. Wiley

Policy Analyst and Project Manager
Wharton Risk Center

Contact information

Email: hewiley@wharton.upenn.edu
3819 Chestnut Street, Suite 130
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Undergraduate Fellows Office Hours: schedule here

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. Helen manages the Risk Center’s Policy Incubator projects and Undergraduate Fellows Program, as well as additional 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 mitigation and adaptation 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.

Wharton Risk Center and MMC (Forthcoming 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 BuyoutsSolutions. 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.