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Marta Olazabal

Marta Olazabal

  • Position:
    Ikerbasque Associate Researcher
  • Main Research Field:
    Adaptation to climate change and urban resilience
  • BC3 Research Line:
    4. Research Line Adaptation Lab
  • Contact information:
    Email address: marta.olazabal@bc3research.org
    Contact phone: +34 94-401 46 90 ext. 122
  • Scopus Author ID: 26023613900
  • ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3381-0654

Short CV

I am a Research Fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) where I lead the Adaptation Research Group. I have a background on Environmental Engineering (Bsc 2004, MSc 2009, School of Engineering of Bilbao) and a PhD on Land Economy (University of Cambridge, 2015). I moved to BC3 after working 8 years in research and consultancy. I have undertaken international scientific stays in Germany (IÖR, Dresden - 2005), The Netherlands (IVAM, Amsterdam - 2006), United Kingdom (University of Newcastle – 2010, Univ. Southampton – 2018), Canada (McGill University - 2016) and Portugal (Universidade Nova, CENSE, May 2019). In 2011, I co-founded and chaired the Urban Resilience Researchers Network (URNet) until 2019. I contributed to the foundation of IPAM (International Platform on Adaptation Metrics), where I chair the Committee on Cities and represent BC3 in the Steering Committee. I am contributing author of the IPCC AR6 and reviewer of the Adaptation Gap Report 2021. My scientific production includes more than 60 scientific contributions in a diversity of peer-reviewed journals and other broader audience outlets. I am interested in urban sustainability and climate governance, creating and applying usable knowledge in systems thinking and approaches that bridge science and policy. My current research focuses on understanding how adaptation might be enabled in cities worldwide.

Journal Articles

  • 2023
  • Goodwin, S., Olazabal, M., Castro, A.J., Pascual, U. 2023. Global mapping of urban nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. Nature Sustainability. 6 (4) 458-469. DOI (10.1038/s41893-022-01036-x).
  • Pietrapertosa, F., Olazabal, M., Simoes, S.G., Salvia, M., Fokaides, P.A., Ioannou, B.I., Viguié, V., Spyridaki, N.A., De Gregorio Hurtado, S., Geneletti, D., Heidrich, O., Tardieu, L., Feliu, E., Rižnar, K., Matosović, M., Balzan, M.V., Flamos, A., Šel, N.B., Reckien, D. 2023. Adaptation to climate change in cities of Mediterranean Europe. Cities. 140. DOI (10.1016/j.cities.2023.104452).
  • 2022
  • Goonesekera, S.M., Olazabal, M. 2022. Climate adaptation indicators and metrics: State of local policy practice. Ecological Indicators. 145. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolind.2022.109657).
  • Olazabal, M., Broto, V.C. 2022. Institutionalisation of urban climate adaptation: three municipal experiences in Spain. Buildings and Cities. 3 (1) 570-588. DOI (10.5334/bc.208).
  • Williams, D.S., Balaban, O., Ilhan, A., Paker, H., Şahin, Ü., Yıldırım, B.S., Turhan, E., Uncu, B.A., Olazabal, M. 2022. A policy content analysis for evaluating urban adaptation justice in İstanbul. Environmental Science and Policy. 136. 476-485. DOI (10.1016/j.envsci.2022.07.014).
  • 2021
  • Cremades, R., Sanchez-Plaza, A., Hewitt, R.J., Mitter, H., Baggio, J.A., Olazabal, M., Broekman, A., Kropf, B., Tudose, N.C. 2021. Guiding cities under increased droughts: The limits to sustainable urban futures. Ecological Economics. 189. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107140).
  • Olazabal, M., Chu, E., Castán Broto, V., Patterson, J. 2021. Subaltern forms of knowledge are required to boost local adaptation. One Earth. 4 (6) 828-838-838. DOI (10.1016/j.oneear.2021.05.006).
  • Olazabal, M., Ruiz De Gopegui, M. 2021. Adaptation planning in large cities is unlikely to be effective. Landscape and Urban Planning. 206. DOI (10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103974).
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Galarraga, I., Olazabal, M. 2021. How well do climate adaptation policies align with risk-based approaches? An assessment framework for cities. Cities. 109. DOI (10.1016/j.cities.2020.103018).
  • Salvia, M., Olazabal, M., Fokaides, P.A., Tardieu, L., Simoes, S.G., Geneletti, D., De Gregorio Hurtado, S., Viguié, V., Spyridaki, N.A., Pietrapertosa, F., Ioannou, B.I., Matosović, M., Flamos, A., Balzan, M.V., Feliu, E., Rižnar, K., Šel, N.B., Heidrich, O., Reckien, D. 2021. Climate mitigation in the Mediterranean Europe: An assessment of regional and city-level plans. Journal of Environmental Management. 295. DOI (10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113146).
  • Salvia, M., Reckien, D., Pietrapertosa, F., Eckersley, P., Spyridaki, N.A., Krook-Riekkola, A., Olazabal, M., De Gregorio Hurtado, S., Simoes, S.G., Geneletti, D., Viguié, V., Fokaides, P.A., Ioannou, B.I., Flamos, A., Csete, M.S., Buzasi, A., Orru, H., de Boer, C., Foley, A., Rižnar, K., Matosović, M., Balzan, M.V., Smigaj, M., Baštáková, V., Streberova, E., Šel, N.B., Coste, L., Tardieu, L., Altenburg, C., Lorencová, E.K., Orru, K., Wejs, A., Feliu, E., Church, J.M., Grafakos, S., Vasilie, S., Paspaldzhiev, I., Heidrich, O. 2021. Will climate mitigation ambitions lead to carbon neutrality? An analysis of the local-level plans of 327 cities in the EU. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 135. DOI (10.1016/j.rser.2020.110253).
  • 2020
  • Olazabal, M., de Gopegui, M.R. 2020. What climatic impacts are Spanish cities preparing for?. Ekonomiaz. 97. (1) 213-239-239.
  • Revi A., Anguelovski I., Filho W.L., Olazabal M., Chu E., Cooper J.T., Garschagen M., Nelson D.R. 2020. Transformative Adaptation in Cities. One Earth. 3 (4) 384-387. DOI (10.1016/j.oneear.2020.10.002).
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Olazabal, M., Sanz, E. 2020. ¿Están las ciudades españolas adaptándose al cambio climático?. Papeles De Economía Española.
  • 2019
  • Olazabal, M., Galarraga, I., Ford, J., Sainz De Murieta, E., Lesnikowski, A. 2019. Are local climate adaptation policies credible? A conceptual and operational assessment framework. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. 11. (3) 277-296-296. DOI (10.1080/19463138.2019.1583234).
  • Olazabal, M., Ruiz De Gopegui, M., Tompkins, E.L., Venner, K., Smith, R. 2019. A cross-scale worldwide analysis of coastal adaptation planning. Environmental Research Letters. 14. (12) DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/ab5532).
  • Reckien, D., Salvia, M., Pietrapertosa, F., Simoes, S.G., Olazabal, M., De Gregorio Hurtado, S., Geneletti, D., Krkoška Lorencová, E., D'Alonzo, V., Krook-Riekkola, A., Fokaides, P.A., Ioannou, B.I., Foley, A., Orru, H., Orru, K., Wejs, A., Flacke, J., Church, J.M., Feliu, E., Vasilie, S., Nador, C., Matosović, M., Flamos, A., Spyridaki, N.A., Balzan, M.V., Fülöp, O., Grafakos, S., Paspaldzhiev, I., Heidrich, O. 2019. Dedicated versus mainstreaming approaches in local climate plans in Europe. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 112. 948-959-959. DOI (10.1016/j.rser.2019.05.014).
  • 2018
  • Olazabal, M., Chelleri, L., Sharifi, A. 2018. Is Connectivity a Desirable Property in Urban Resilience Assessments?. Lecture Notes in Energy. 65. 195-211. DOI (10.1007/978-3-319-75798-8_11).
  • Olazabal, M., Chiabai, A., Foudi, S., Neumann, M.B. 2018. Emergence of new knowledge for climate change adaptation. Environmental Science and Policy. 83. 46-53-53. DOI (10.1016/j.envsci.2018.01.017).
  • Olazabal, M., Neumann, M.B., Foudi, S., Chiabai, A. 2018. Transparency and Reproducibility in Participatory Systems Modelling: the Case of Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 35. (6) 791-810-810. DOI (10.1002/sres.2519).
  • Reckien, D., Salvia, M., Heidrich, O., Church, J.M., Pietrapertosa, F., De Gregorio-Hurtado, S., D'Alonzo, V., Foley, A., Simoes, S.G., Krkoška Lorencová, E., Orru, H., Orru, K., Wejs, A., Flacke, J., Olazabal, M., Geneletti, D., Feliu, E., Vasilie, S., Nador, C., Krook-Riekkola, A., Matosović, M., Fokaides, P.A., Ioannou, B.I., Flamos, A., Spyridaki, N.A., Balzan, M.V., Fülöp, O., Paspaldzhiev, I., Grafakos, S., Dawson, R. 2018. How are cities planning to respond to climate change? Assessment of local climate plans from 885 cities in the EU-28. Journal of Cleaner Production. 191. 207-219-219. DOI (10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.220).
  • 2017
  • Sharifi, A., Chelleri, L., Fox-Lent, C., Grafakos, S., Pathak, M., Olazabal, M., Moloney, S., Yumagulova, L., Yamagata, Y. 2017. Conceptualizing dimensions and characteristics of urban resilience: Insights from a co-design process. Sustainability (Switzerland). 9 (6) DOI (10.3390/su9061032).
  • 2016
  • Heidrich, O., Reckien, D., Olazabal, M., Foley, A., Salvia, M., de Gregorio Hurtado, S., Orru, H., Flacke, J., Geneletti, D., Pietrapertosa, F., Hamann, J.J.P., Tiwary, A., Feliu, E., Dawson, R.J. 2016. National climate policies across Europe and their impacts on cities strategies. Journal of Environmental Management. 168. 36-45-45. DOI (10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.11.043).
  • Olazabal, M., Pascual, U. 2016. Use of fuzzy cognitive maps to study urban resilience and transformation. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 18. 18-40-40. DOI (10.1016/j.eist.2015.06.006).
  • 2015
  • Chelleri, L., Waters, J.J., Olazabal, M., Minucci, G. 2015. Resilience trade-offs: addressing multiple scales and temporal aspects of urban resilience. Environment and Urbanization. 27. (1) 181-198-198. DOI (10.1177/0956247814550780).
  • Hurtado, Sonia De Gregorio; Olazabal, Marta; Salvia, Monica; Pietrapertosa, Filomena; Olazabal, Eduardo; Geneletti, Davide; D'Alonzo, Valentina; Leo, Senatro Di; Reckien, Diana. 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 23-46. DOI (10.6092/1970-9870/3649).
  • Olazabal, M., Pascual, U. 2015. Urban low-carbon transitions: Cognitive barriers and opportunities. Journal of Cleaner Production. 109. 336-346-346. DOI (10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.047).
  • 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) DOI (10.1371/journal.pone.0135597).
  • 2014
  • Reckien, D., Flacke, J., Dawson, R.J., Heidrich, O., Olazabal, M., Foley, A., Hamann, J.J.P., Orru, H., Salvia, M., de Gregorio Hurtado, S., Geneletti, D., Pietrapertosa, F. 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. (1-2) 331-340-340. 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 --. In: Lorenzo Chelleri and Marta Olazabal. In: Multidisciplinary perspectives on Urban Resilience. 1st ed. Bilbao. Basque Centre for Climate Change, BC3. 78. ISBN 978-84-695-6025-9.

Book chapters

  • 2020
  • Marta Olazabal. 2020 El Reto Climático en las Ciudades. In: Ministerio de Defensa. In: Las ciudades: agentes críticos para una transformación sostenible del mundo. Ministerio de Defensa. ISBN 978-84-9091-505-9 .
  • Olazabal, M. 2020 An adaptation agenda for the new climate urbanism: global insights. In: Castán Broto, V., Robin, E., While, A. In: Climate Urbanism: towards a critical research agenda. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-53385-4.
  • 2018
  • Bouwer L, Capriolo A, Chiabai A, Foudi S, Garrote L, Harmá?ková ZV, Iglesias A, Jeuken A, Olazabal M, Spadaro JV, Taylor T, Zandersen M . 2018 Upscaling the impacts of climate change in different sectors. In: Sanderson H, Hildén M, Russel D, Penha-Lopes G, Capriolo A . In: Adapting to Climate Change in Europe 1st Edition. Exploring Sustainable Pathways - From Local Measures to Wider Policies. 1st ed. Amsterdam. Elsevier. 347. ISBN 978-0-12-849887-3.
  • Marta Olazabal, Lorenzo Chelleri, Ayyoob Sharifi. 2018 Is Connectivity a Desirable Property in Urban Resilience Assessments?. In: Yoshiki Yamagata, Ayyoob Sharifi. In: Resilience-Oriented Urban Planning. - Springer. 195-211. ISBN 978-3-319-75797-1.
  • 2017
  • Olazabal, M. 2017 Resilience, Sustainability and Transformability of Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems. In: Sonja Deppisch. In: Urban Regions Now & Tomorrow. 1st ed. Wiesbaden, Germany. Springer. 73-97. ISBN 978-3-658-16758-5.
  • 2015
  • Olazabal, M., Reckien, D. 2015 Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping: applications to urban environmental decision-making. In: Ruth, M. In: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Environmental Studies. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Other Publications

  • 2020
  • Sanz, M.J. y Galán, E. (editoras), 2020. Impactos y riesgos derivados del cambio climático en España. Oficina Española de Cambio Climático. Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico, Madrid (https://www.adaptecca.es/sites/default/files/documentos/impactosyriesgosccespanawebfinal_tcm30-518210_0.pdf)

BC3 Working Papers & Policy Briefings

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