As attractors of services and population, urban areas need to move from rhetoric to action in the field of climate change adaptation and transformation to sustainability. Taking advantage of the concentration of knowledge and innovation, the opportunity relies on cities and local communities. This complex challenge not only involves technologies deployment, but also the generation of the conditions required to engage society and institutions in the process of change. In this regard, my research aims to facilitate governance towards urban sustainability and resilience in the context of climate change. I am particularly interested in tools and processes that uncover the complexity of urban systems and help to overcome the barriers to a more sustainable and resilient development.
Marta Olazabal is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). She has a background on Environmental Engineering (Bsc 2004, MSc 2009, School of Engineering of Bilbao) and a PhD on Land Economy (University of Cambridge, 2015). Her research focuses on urban sustainability and climate change governance, in transdisciplinar systems thinking and in approaches that bridge science and policy. She has undertaken international scientific stays in Germany (IÖR, Dresden - 2005), The Netherlands (IVAM, Amsterdam - 2006), United Kingdom (University of Newcastle - 2010) and Canada (McGill University - 2016). In 2011, she co-founded the Urban Resilience Research Network (URNet) which now groups more than 200 members. Applying both quantitative and qualitative methods, her current interests relate to climate change policies, climate adaptation tracking, knowledge co-production and methods to assess urban resilience and sustainability.