Chair Urban Resilience Research Network (URNet)

Lorenzo Chelleri is a multidisciplinary senior researcher in urban studies, chairing the Urban Resilience Research Network (URNet) and appointed as lecturer at the International University of Catalonia (UIC).

With a background in urban and regional planning, environmental policy and urban geography, his research and teaching activities critically address the governance and planning processes related to city resilience building and management. Interested in the complex relationship between urban resilience and sustainability, he is particularly concerned about the nowadays normative application of resilience in cities, and the emergence of unaccounted trade-offs among social, environmental and longer term perspectives of urban resilience.

He worked for the European Environment Agency (EEA), co-founded the Urban Resilience Research Network while conducting research in Mexico, Bolivia, Morocco, Europe, Seoul and Taiwan. Authoring more than 25 scientific papers in the last 5 years, editor and regular contributors for different prestigious international blogs (among which The Nature of Cities and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change), his works on urban resilience have been cited from the Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient cities initiative, awarded from the International Institute for Environmental Development (IIED) and thus contributing through critical perspective to the advances of urban resilience theory.