Chen Chen is a University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative Research Scientist. Chen researches climate change adaptation and its application for ND-GAIN, with particular emphasis on how socio-economic factors affect a society’s readiness to adapt to climate change. She is interested in the social-economic aspects of the Index.
Chen earned her Ph.D. degree in Economics from Defap Graduate School in Public Economics in Milan, Italy, a joint Ph.D. program of Catholic University of Milan and University of Milan-Bicocca. Before joining ND-GAIN, Chen was a researcher of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) in Milan, Italy, where she worked on model-based climate policy assessment, as well as data and scenario development. Chen works on the policy balance between climate change mitigation and adaptation under the uncertainty of climate change impacts. Her work explores how the risk of catastrophic events is affected by quantifying costs and effectiveness for adaptation, as well as for mitigation.