Laura Bakkensen

Assistant Professor School of Government and Public Policy


  • Natural Disaster Adaptation
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Risk and Adaptation

Selected adaptation publications:

  • Bakkensen, L., C. Fox-Lent, L. Read, and I. Linkov.  Valdating resilience and vulnerability indices in the context of natural disasters.  Forthcoming in Risk Analysis.

  • Bakkensen, L. and R. Mendelsohn, 2016. Risk and adaptation: Evidence from global hurricane damages and fatalities. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 3(3): 555-587.

  • Seo, N. and L. Bakkensen, 2016. Did adaptation strategies work? High fatalities from tropical cyclones in the North Indian Ocean and future vulnerability under global warming. Natural Hazards, 1-15 (published online Feb. 29, 2016). 

  • Bakkensen, L., and W. Larson, 2014. Population matters when modeling hurricane fatalities, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(50):E5331-E5332.

  • Mendelsohn, R., K. Emanuel, S. Chonabayashi, and L. Bakkensen, 2012. The impact of climate change on global tropical cyclone damage. Nature Climate Change, 2(2): 1-5.


  • Ph.D., Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Yale University, 2014
  • M.Phil., Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Yale University, 2012
  • M.Sc., Environment and Development, London School of Economics, 2007
  • B.A., Economics, Whitman College, 2005
Geographic Area
Language Area
Expertise Area
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving
Public Policy and Governance
Resource Economics
Risk Analysis