The board of our 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.

Executive Board

Lorenzo Chelleri.  /  Chair

 Lecturer at the International University of CataloniaEmail: lchelleri[AT]

Lorenzo is a transdisciplinary Senior Researcher and Director of the Int. Msc in City Resilience Design and Management at the International University of Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain). After having worked for the European Environment Agency (EEA), and being involved in different European Projects, he co-founded URNet in 2010. He developed applied research in Mexico, Bolivia, Europe, Affrica and Asia, publishing more than 50 papers around urban resilience theories and implementation challenges. A part from his academic work, he is now advisor for the Re-City Int. Platform for Urban Social Sustainability and supporting cities and metropolitan areas within their resilience strategies framing and implementation.


Luis Berraquero-Díaz. / Co-Chair

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 a background on social and environmental applied sciences (MSc – UPO) and sustainability sciences to manage the global change (MSc – UNIA). He uses the anthropological, the political ecology and resilience trade-offs perspective to analyse urban infrastructures, sustainable solutions, grassroots and social movements, tourism, and gentrification processes.  Member of the Environmental Anthropology Network. Currently working as Mobilisation coordinator at Greenpeace Spain.


Sara Meerow / Co-Chair

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.



Raquel Guerra Aragonés/ Content editor

MSc.architect and researcher from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) with academic stays in Turkey and Japan. Raquel has collaborated in research projects, university programs, and conferences on sustainable issues regarding Architecture, Construction and Urban Planning at several research centers (IETcc- CSIC, abio-UPM, itd-UPM). Her research background focuses on bioclimatic design strategies, green building envelopes (green walls & roofs) and the relation between Architecture and Nature. Currently, she develops a new line of research on Resilience in Architecture with special focus on case-studies in South East Asia and Japan.