Laura Druce has a strong background in characterising climate adaptation and resilience projects, climate finance and investments. She has diverse sector and international experience in the field of climate adaptation finance particularly with private actors, and supporting capacity building to National Climate Finance Institutions. She also analyses the investment requirements and risk characteristics of adaptation-related projects to build a more complete and practical understanding of the opportunities and barriers for private adaptation finance, and corresponding financial support instruments.
Laura co-authored research papers on Demystifying Adaptation Finance for the Private Sector; Characterising Climate Adaptation of MSMEs: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa; Reconciling the Top-Down and Bottom-Up Perspectives on Adaptation; and Direct access to international climate finance and associated fiduciary standards.
Prior to her work at the Centre, Laura worked for the UNEP Finance Initiative, promoting sustainable finance, and Acclimatise, a leading climate adaptation consultancy. She holds an MSc in Security Studies from University College London and a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University. Her master thesis focused on private sector motivations in climate mitigation and adaptation investments.