The board of our small community is made up of researchers coming form different universities but with a shared interest in broadening the multidisciplinary understanding and operationalisation of Urban Resilience.

Lorenzo Chelleri

Urban Resilience Research Network  /  CHAIR

Gran Sasso Science Institute – GSSI Cities, L’Aquila (Italy)

Email: Lorenzo.Chelleri [AT]

Lorenzo is a multidisciplinary researcher (urban planner, MSc in environmental policies, Ph.D. in urban geography) currently appointed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at GSSI Cities. After having worked for the European Environment Agency (EEA), and being involved in different European Projects on coastal and urban climate resilience he co-founded UR-Net and OURS CITIES networks. His main research interests are framed around the interplay between resilience and sustainability, addressing what he calls “urban resilience trade-offs”

Marta Olazabal

Urban Resilience Research Network  /  Co – CHAIR

Basque Centre for Climate Change – BC3, Bilbao (Spain)

Email:  marta.olazabal[AT]; marta.olazabal[AT]

Marta (PhD, University of Cambridge, 2014) has a background on Chemical Engineering (BSc, 2004) and Environmental Engineering (MSc, 2008). Marta is currently post-doc at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in Bilbao (Spain). Applying both quantitative and qualitative methods, her research aims to facilitate governance towards urban sustainability and resilience in the context of climate change. She is particularly interested in tools and participative processes that uncover the complexity of the urban system and help to overcome the barriers to a more sustainable and resilient urban development.

Luis Berraquero Díaz

Urban Resilience Research Network  / webmaster and assistant editor

Social and Participatory Action Research Group, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla (Spain)

Email: luisberraquero[AT]

Luis is PhD student at Pablo de Olavide University. Has background on social and environmental applied sciences (MSc – UPO) and sustainability sciences to manage the global change (MSc – UNIA). He co-founded PORES (POwer Relations and Ecosystem Services) network. He uses the anthropological and political ecology perspective to analyse the relations between urban activism, social movements -or other power relations systems- and social-ecological resilience.


Deepika Andavarapu

Urban Resilience Research Network  / communication manager and co-editor viewpoint section

Regional Development Planning, University of Cincinnati (USA)
Email: andavad[AT]

Deepika is a doctoral candidate in Regional Development Planning program at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to her doctoral education, Deepika has over six years of experience as a professional planner in America. Her doctoral dissertation is aimed at redefining the concept of resilience in the context of urban slums. Her research is based on an ethnographic study of the Pedda Jalaripeta slum in Visakhapatnam, India

Grazia Di Giovanni


Urban Resilience Research Network  / editor section resources

Gran Sasso Science Institute – GSSI Cities, L’Aquila (Italy) 

Email: grazia_digiovanni[AT]

Grazia is an urban planner and a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L’Aquila (Italy). She earned a BSc in Urban Planning and GIS and a MSc in Land and Environmental Planning at Sapienza University of Rome. She was involved in the design of post-earthquake reconstruction plans in Abruzzo. Her research interests are mainly focused on the promotion of urban resilience through planning and urban design, in contexts of adaptation to natural risks and disaster mitigation

Daniel Eisenberg

Urban Resilience Research Network  / assistant editor

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment – Arizona State University (USA).

Email: Daniel.Eisenberg [AT]

Dan is a PhD student at Arizona State University focused on assessing the resilience of critical infrastructure systems to disasters. He uses dynamic models of social and engineering systems to make legible the interface between infrastructure function and human decision-making to support adaptive actions to unforeseen threats. Currently, he is analyzing the impact of interdependent and cascading failures between water and electric power infrastructure in the American Southwest and South Korea to identify how social context influences built-infrastructure resilience.


Hita Unnikrishnan

Urban Resilience Research Network  / assistant editor

Hita Unnikrishnan is currently a post-doctoral research associate at Azim Premji University. Bangalore, India. Her research interests include the historical and contemporary uses of urban commons, social ecological systems, and the interplay between society, nature and culture. Her doctoral dissertation has examined how urbanization transforms the governance and use of commons in India. Using freshwater lakes in Bangalore as a case study, she has examined enclosures of these commons as a consequence of changing governance structures related to urbanization and how these enclosures eventually lead to exclusion of socio-economically vulnerable communities who depend upon the lakes for their lives and livelihoods. 

Sara Meerow

Sara Meerow is an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (USA). Her work focuses on both the theory and practice of urban resilience. She has published on the contested meanings and politics of resilience and its empirical application in the context of urban green infrastructure and climate change adaptation planning.


Anna Kunath

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany

Email: anna.kunath[AT]

Anna studied Geography (University of Leipzig) and since 2010 Anna is working in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. Anna get involved in several projects dealing with natural disasters, urban vulnerability and risk management (EU-project CLUVA and emBRACE). Her research interests are the social implication of disaster resilience.

Guido Minucci

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Email: guido.minucci[AT]

Guido Minucci is an environmental planner, bachelor in urban planning at Venice University and Master in environmental risk management at the University of Messina. Since 2009, he has been working in some European projects as assistant researcher in the field of resilience and riskmanagement at Politecnico di Milano.His main research interest are on disaster resilience and risk reduction strategies.


James (JJ) Waters

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK. Email:jjj.waters[AT]

James (JJ) Waters is an interdisciplinary researcher currently working in the slums of Kampala (Uganda). An ecologist by training from Cambridge University, Masters in Environmental Science from Imperial College London and Ph.D. at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, where he addressed the issue of ecosystem services and adaptive capacity in rapidly urbanising areas

Lily Yumagulova

British Columbia University, Vancouver, Canada

Email: lilyufa[AT]

Lily was born and raised in the Soviet Union. She holds degree in Engineering (Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Russia) and an MSc in Risk Analysis (King’s College London, UK). She has worked in media, government agencies and NGOs in Russia, Britain and Canada.In her academic work, she emphasizes the value of bringing together academia, practitioners, policy-makers, planners and media for reducing environmental risk in cities. The central research question of Lilia’s dissertation is: How does specific resilience to natural hazards contribute to resilience in the face of climate change? Metro Vancouver’s wastewater system is her laboratory in search for urban resilience