Helen J.P. Wiley

Assistant Director of Research and Policy
Wharton Risk Center

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Email: hewiley@wharton.upenn.edu
3819 Chestnut Street, Suite 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Helen J.P. Wiley is the Assistant Director of Research and Policy at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. Her research centers on innovative disaster insurance tools, floodplain buyout policy, and ecosystem-based adaptation. As Assistant Director of Research and Policy, Helen works closely with the Executive Director to oversee and manage research grants at the Risk Center and strategically build new research and policy initiatives.  She manages the Risk Center’s Policy Incubator projects, which support novel approaches for increasing resilience through workable on-the-ground solutions.  Additionally, Helen is responsible for building Risk Center partnerships within and outside of Penn, liaising with alumni, and overseeing 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.

Sweeney, K., Wiley, H., and C. Kousky (2022).  The Challenge of Financial Recovery from Disasters: The Case of Florida Homeowners After Hurricane Michael. Philadelphia: Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania. May.

Wiley, H. (2022). The First Multi-Peril Disaster Insurance Product – A Q&A with Darren Wood of RecoopLab Notes.  January 5.

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. Lab Notes. June 1.

Wharton Risk Center and MMC (2021). Community-Based Catastrophe Insurance: A Model for Closing the Disaster Insurance Gap. January.

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. (2020).  The Cost of Wildfires: A closer look at the impacts of wildfires in California and the west.  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?. 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. Lab Notes. May 3.