Research Staff Assistant
Radost Stanimirova holds a BA in environmental science from Barnard College, Columbia University. As part of her senior thesis research, Radost investigated the role of organic carbon in arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh.
Stanimirova’s research and academic interests include climate variability and human transformation of the landscape, especially through agriculture. She is interested in how climate risk management tools (e.g., financial instruments) can reduce the impacts of weather and climate extremes on lives and livelihoods. She is also interested in Latin America, stemming from her involvement in a Costa Rican study that examined soil carbon sequestration in traditional and sustainable coffee plantations.
Role at the IRI
Stanimirova is a research staff assistant on the IRI Financial Instruments Sector Team. In this role, she assists in the development and documentation of climate risk management and index insurance educational materials, and also supports the development of grant proposals. She coordinates the Spanish-speaking members of the Financial Instruments team in the development and tailoring of capacity building materials to the Latin American context. She has travelled to the Dominican Republic to collaborate with project partners on launching an index insurance project.