Regional Hubs Overview

UCCRN’s goal is to lead an ongoing, sustained, global city-focused assessment and solutions program, to provide cities with the knowledge they need to effectively respond to climate change.

UCCRN Regional Hubs Map

Building on a series of scoping sessions with stakeholders and members, UCCRN is transitioning from a report-focused organization to one that leads an evolving, sustained global city-focused climate change knowledge assessment and solutions program. The program is targeted to early, mid, and late-adopter cities through the expansion of the UCCRN network to include proactive Regional Hubs with field directors, program coordinators, and researchers that strengthen ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange both for and within cities. 

The Regional Hubs operate at continental-scale (e.g., Europe, Central and Latin America, Africa, South and East Asia, Australia) and are linked to other relevant regional and global resource nodes such as the World Meteorological Organization Regional Climate Centers, and the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Core Project, among others.

UCCRN is actively working to expand membership geographically with an emphasis on enhancing the involvement and expertise of developing country scholars in order to strengthen specific skill sets in areas where regional capacity is lacking. The creation of the UCCRN Hubs provides increased capacity for  in-depth, geographically-targeted research and support for local researchers and practitioners, who will be recruited from local universities and research institutes in key cities and important regions. Our regional work helps us achieve both our goals of strengthening urban climate assessments and fostering action initiatives globally.

The UCCRN Regional Hubs serve to promote enhanced opportunities for new urban climate change adaptation and mitigation knowledge and information transfer, both within and across cities, by engaging in a real-time monitoring and review process with cities through on-going dialogue between scholars, experts, urban decision-makers, and stakeholders. These activities are achieved through a combination of cities-based activities and workshops held at international city gatherings and accomplished through regular interactions that include monthly coordination calls, e-newsletters summarizing Hub activities, regional meetings hosted by each Hub every year, and an annual UCCRN meeting rotating through the Regional Hub locations. The UCCRN Regional Hubs also help us to formalize our urban climate assessment and action framework, allowing UCCRN to update the ARC3 report series on a regular basis with strong links to urban decision-makers worldwide.


Current Regional Hubs

 SecretariatNew York, NY, USA

  • Cynthia Rosenzweig –

    UCCRN Co-Chair, Head of the Climate Impacts Group and Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
  • Bill Solecki –

    UCCRN Co-Chair, and Professor; and Founder Director, Emeritus, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities

African HubDurban, South Africa

  • Sean O’Donoghue – Sean.O’

    Acting Manager, Climate Protection Branch,  eThekwini Municipality, Durban

Australian-Oceania Hub: Canberra, Melbourne, and Lismore, Australia + Wellington, New Zealand

  • Ken Doust –

    Director, Windana Research Pty Ltd & Coordinator Eng Management Program, Southern Cross University
  • Kate Auty –

    Commissioner, Sustainability and Environment, Australian Capital Territory/Univ. of Melbourne
  • Barbara Norman –

    Chair, ACT Climate Change Council/Univ. of Canberra
  • Maibritt Zari Pederson – 

    Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture, Victoria University, Wellington

East Asian HubShanghai, China

  • Min Liu –

    Dean, East China Normal University (ECNU) School of Geographic Sciences, Shanghai
  • Xiaotu Lei –

    Director, Shanghai Typhoon Institute at the Chinese Meteorological Administration
    Coordinator: Ruishan Chen –
    Professor, School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai

European Hub: Paris, France

  • Chantal Pacteau –,

    Associate Director, French Consortium of Climate-Environment-Society
  • Luc Abbadie –

    Professor, University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) & Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences-Paris
    Coordinator: Yann Dusza –
    Research Engineer, Centre de Recherche en Ecologie Expérimentale et Prédictive (CEREEP)-ECOTRON Ile-de-France

Latin American Hubs

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Martha Barata –

    Strategic advisor, Institute Oswaldo Cruz (IOC/Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro
  • Emilio La Rovere –

    Executive Coordinator, Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment at Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE/UFR), Rio de Janeiro

Center for Multilevel GovernanceSao Paulo, Brazil

  • Oswaldo Lucon –

    Climate Change Advisor to the São Paulo State Environment Secretariat
  • Patricia Iglecias –

    Former São Paulo State Secretary & Lecturer at University of São Paulo (USP)

Bogota, Columbia – in progress

  • Juan Camilo Osorio  –

    MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

North American HubPhiladelphia, USA

  • Franco Montalto –

    Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia
    Coordinator: Korin Tangtrakul –
    Research Scientist, Drexel University, Philadelphia

South Asian HubAhmedabad, India

  • Minal Pathak –

    Associate Professor, Ahmedabad University; Senior Scientist, Technical Support Unit, Working Group III, IPCC

Nordic Node: Aalborg, Denmark

  • Martin Lehmann –

    Associate Professor, Institute for Planning, Aalborg University

West African NodeKano, Nigeria (in progress)

  • Aliyu Salisu Barau --

    Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Bayero University