EPP Seminar: Patricia Romerro-Lankao
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Building 9, 451
105 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139
Urban areas can play a key role in the transformations that are required in humankind’s ways of understanding and responding to climate and sustainability challenges. Fulfilling this role, however, will require bringing together urban planners, social and physical scientists, business leaders, engineers, and others representing diverse knowledge and power domains. Such an undertaking creates its own set of seemingly intractable complications. This presentation begins with a brief description of the current state of an interdisciplinary understanding of how climate and urbanization contribute to intra- and interurban inequalities in risk. It will then examine across global to local scales, how urban areas, as places with unique social, institutional and environmental histories, shape risk. It will close with some remarks on how urban actors might enhance the capacity of urban populations to mitigate risk and adapt in fair and sustainable ways.
Dr. Patricia “Paty” Romero-Lankao joined NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center in 2018 as a senior research scientist in joint appointment with the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, where she is a research fellow. From a behavioral science perspective, she examines the interactions among people, mobility, the built environment, and energy systems, as well as their resilience to disruptive events. Previously, she worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she examined crucial intersections between urbanization and risks associated with food, energy, and water systems along with related governance and the capacity of these systems to adapt to and mitigate climate risks.
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