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Cities in a changing climate

Cities in a changing climate

07.Mar - 07. Mar, 2024 Cod. W03-24

A dialogue between Marta Olazabal and Marcelle Mardon on challenges and opportunities of cities in the light of the climate crisis.


Cities are key players in the fight against climate change. On the one hand, 70% of greenhouse gas emissions are generated in urban areas. On the other hand, a large part of the population and infrastructure are concentrated in them and their environment, making them particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In addition, the climate crisis adds to other important challenges faced by cities, such as increasing urbanization, inequalities and mobility.

In this seminar we have the vision of two researchers who will share their experience in cities of the North and the Global South.

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17:50 - 18:00


18:00 - 19:00

“Las ciudades ante el cambio climático“

  • Marta Olazabal | Ikerbasque Associate Researcher (BC3)
  • Marcelle Mardon | Researcher, Human Settlements Research Group (IIED)

Elisa Sainz de Murieta, UPV/EHUko irakaslea eta BC3 erakundeko ikertzaile elkartua hizlariekin solasean arituko da hitzaldia amaitu ondoren / La profesora de la UPV/EHU e investigadora asociada del BC3 Elisa Sainz de Murieta moderará un coloquio con las ponentes una vez finalizada la conferencia


Marta Olazabal

Ikerbasque Associate Researcher (BC3)

Marta is an interdisciplinary scientist exploring pathways of progress on climate action in cities worldwide. She is Head of the Adaptation Research Group at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). She has a background in Environmental Engineering, a PhD in Land Economy and almost 20 years of experience in urban sustainability and climate governance. Her work tries to understand how local actors and cities can develop more effective climate adaptation action looking into decision making, planning, politics, justice and knowledge generation. Since 2020, she has been a member of the Steering Committee of the International Platform on Adaptation Metrics (IPAM). She coordinates the European Research Council project IMAGINE Adaptation

Marcelle Mardon

Researcher, Human Settlements Research Group (IIED)

Marcelle is an architect and researcher with a passion for community-led sustainable urban development, during the last 12 years focusing on urban infrastructure, housing, health, livelihood improvement in informal settlements in cities, all through a climate change lens. She works alongside CBOs, urban practitioners, and researchers, in the sub-Saharan context, co-producing solutions aimed at reducing urban poverty and inequality while advocating for increased agency and building governance capacity of communities at grassroots.


Miramar Palace

Pº de Miraconcha nº 48. Donostia / San Sebastián



Miramar Palace

Pº de Miraconcha nº 48. Donostia / San Sebastián