Olivia Jensen is Lead Scientist at the LRF Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk at the National University of Singapore, where she leads the Environment and Climate research pillar. She is an economist and public policy scholar specialising in water and environmental risk and governance.
Her research is concerned with the spectrum of environmental risks and the design and evaluation of policy interventions to manage risk and strengthen community resilience, with a focus on cities in Asia. At IPUR, she partners with government agencies and international organisations to develop and deliver research projects with policy impact.
Prior to joining IPUR, she was based at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS. Olivia holds a PhD and MSc in Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. She has lived and worked throughout Asia, including in China, Japan and India and has been based in Singapore since 2011.