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 – [email protected]

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

    UCCRN Co-Chair, and Professor; and Founder Director, Emeritus, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities
  • Maria Dombrov  – [email protected]

    UCCRN Project Coordinator for the Third Assessment Report for Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.3)  
  • Susannah Kagan – [email protected]

    UCCRN Science to Policy Director 
  • Jaad Benhallam – [email protected]

    UCCRN Case Study Docking Station - Lead Developer 

African HubDurban, South Africa

  • Sean O’Donoghue – Sean.O’[email protected]

    Acting Manager, Climate Protection Branch,  eThekwini Municipality, Durban

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

  • Ken Doust – [email protected]

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

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

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

    Auckland University of Technology 
  • Andrew Swan – [email protected] 

    Water Market Lead, GHD; Director of AJSWAN Consulting

East Asian HubShanghai, China

  • Min Liu – [email protected]

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

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

European Hub: Paris, France

  • Chantal Pacteau – [email protected][email protected]

    Associate Director, French Consortium of Climate-Environment-Society
  • Luc Abbadie – [email protected]

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

    Assistant Professor in Technological and Environmental Design. Università di Napoli Federico II. Department of Architecture.

Latin American Hubs

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Maria Fernanda Lemos - [email protected]

    Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
  • Andrea Santos – [email protected]

    Adjunct Professor, Transportation Engineering Program, COPPE/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (URFJ) 
  • Clélia C. Mello Silva – [email protected] 

    Post-Doctoral Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) 

Center for Multilevel GovernanceSao Paulo, Brazil

  • Oswaldo Lucon – [email protected]

    Climate Change Advisor to the São Paulo State Environment Secretariat
  • Patricia Iglecias – [email protected]

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

Bogota, Colombia

  • Juan Camilo Osorio  – [email protected]

    MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

North American HubPhiladelphia, USA

  • Franco Montalto – [email protected]

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

South Asian HubAhmedabad, India

  • Minal Pathak – [email protected]

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

Nordic Node: Aalborg, Denmark

  • Martin Lehmann – [email protected]

    Associate Professor, Institute for Planning, Aalborg University
  • Sarah Lund – [email protected]

    Director of international collaborations and strategic initiatives, Klimatorium

West African NodeKano, Nigeria

  • Aliyu Salisu Barau -- [email protected]

    Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Bayero University