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Marta Olazabal

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Marta Olazabal 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.



Short CV

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.


Journal Articles

  • 2016
  • O. Heidrich, D. Reckien, M. Olazabal, A. Foley, M. Salvia, S. De Gregorio Hurtado, H. Orru, J. Flacke, D. Geneletti, F. Pietrapertosa, J.J.-P. Hamann, A. Tiwary, E. Feliu and R.J. Dawson. 2016. National climate policies across Europe and their impacts on cities strategies. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. DOI (10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.11.043).
  • 2015
  • Chelleri, L., Waters, J.J., Olazabal, M. and Minucci, G. 2015. Resilience trade-offs: addressing multiple scales and temporal aspects of urban resilience. Environment And Urbanization. DOI (10.1177/0956247814550780).
  • De Gregorio Hurtado, S., Olazabal, M., Salvia, M., Pietrapertosa, F., Olazabal, E., Geneletti, D., D’Alonzo, V., Si Leo, S., Reckien, D. 2015. Understanding How and Why Cities Engage with Climate Policy: An Analysis of Local Climate Action in Spain and Italy. Tema Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment. 8 (Special Issue ECCA 2015). 23-46. DOI (10.6092/1970-9870/3649).
  • Olazabal, M., Pascual, U. 2015. Urban low-carbon transitions: barriers and opportunities. Journal of Cleaner Production . 109. 336-346. DOI (10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.047).
  • Olazabal,M., Pascual,U. 2015. Use of fuzzy cognitive maps to study urban resilience and transformation. Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions. 18. 18-40. DOI (10.1016/j.eist.2015.06.006).
  • Reckien D, Flacke J, Olazabal M, Heidrich O . 2015. The Influence of Drivers and Barriers on Urban Adaptation and Mitigation Plans—An Empirical Analysis of European Cities. PLoS One. 10. (8) e0135597. DOI (10.1371/journal.pone.0135597).
  • 2014
  • Diana Reckien, Johannes Flacke, Richard Dawson, Oliver Heidrich, M. Olazabal, Aoife M. Foley, Joel J. P. Hamann, Hans Orru, Monica Salvia, Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado, Davide Geneletti, Filomena Pietrapertosa. 2014. Climate change response in Europe: What's the reality? Analysis of adaptation and mitigation plans from 200 urban areas in 11 countries. Climatic Change. 122. (31/12/1899) 331 - 340. DOI (10.1007/s10584-013-0989-8).

Books and Specials

  • 2012
  • Lorenzo Chelleri, Anna Kunath, Guido Minucci, Marta Olazabal, James J. Waters and Lilia Yumalogava. 2012. --. Multidisciplinary perspectives on Urban Resilience. 1st ed. Bilbao. Basque Centre for Climate Change, BC3. 78. ISBN 978-84-695-6025-9.

Book chapters

BC3 Working Papers & Policy Briefings

Conference Proceedings

  • 2015
  • Grassroots of local climate action in Italy and Spain, presented at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference - ECCA 2015, organized by Confederation of Danish Industry, Copenhague, Denmark, May, 2015
  • Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping to enhance climate change adaptation to heatwaves in the city of Madrid, presented at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference - ECCA 2015, organized by Confederation of Danish Industry, Copenhague, Denmark, May, 2015
  • 2014
  • Capturing and modelling cognitive knowledge to inform urban low carbon transitions, presented at the Urban Integration Conference, organized by University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, Mar, 2014
  • 2013
  • A cognitive approach to urban energy systems: assessing resilience and sustainable transition pathways, presented at the Klimagune Conference 2013, organized by BC3 - Basque Cenre for Climate Change, Bilbao, Spain, Dec, 2013
  • Identifying social determinants of urban low carbon transitions: the case of energy transition in Bilbao, Basque Country, presented at the International Symposium - Modelling Sustainable Urban Transition Dynamics, organized by Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom, Jul, 2013
  • 2012
  • Transitions to Climate Change Resilient Cities, presented at the Zero Carbon Seminar Series 2012 , organized by University of Cambridge, Nov, 2012
  • Postulates of urban resilient sustainability transitions: a cross-disciplinary approach, presented at the ISEE 2012 Conference - Ecological Economics and Rio+20: Challenges and Contributions for a Green Economy, organized by Rio de janeiro, Brazil, Jun, 2012
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, presented at the Resilient Cities 2: Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011, organized by Bonn, Germany, 2012
  • Urban resilience: towards an integrated approach, presented at the Urban Sustainability and Resilience 2012, organized by University College of London, 2012
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