Adelle Thomas

Affiliation: Senior Fellow – Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre, University of the Bahamas; Senior Research Associate, Climate Analytics
Country: Bahamas
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 16, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Lead Author, Cross-Chapter Paper 2 IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Lead Author, Chapter 3, IPCC SR15

Adelle is a Senior Research Associate with Climate Analytics and Senior Fellow at University of The Bahamas. Her work focuses on aspects of social vulnerability, adaptation strategies and loss and damage. As a human-environment geographer, she is interested in the particular vulnerabilities and adaptation potentials for small island developing states. Adelle has worked for several years on intersections between climate change adaptation, environmental protection and development. Her research has centered on varying aspects of adaptation and social vulnerability including examining the potential of insurance as an adaptation strategy; knowledge, awareness and perception of the public about climate change; assessing opportunities, barriers and limits to adaptation; and challenges facing small islands in managing loss and damage.

Adelle is a lead author in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and the Special Report on 1.5°C, has authored a variety of academic publications and has also provided scientific services to a number of organisations including the Global Environment Facility, Inter-American Development Bank, International Maritime Organization and national institutions in the USA and Bahamas. Adelle obtained a PhD in Geography from Rutgers University (2012) and a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota and Macalester College (2005).

Anton Cartwright

Affiliation: Researcher – African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 4, IPCC SR15

Anton Cartwright was the ‘Green Economy’ Mistra Urban Futures Researcher at the African Centre Cities from 2013-2015. Previously,

he convened the City of Cape Town’s Climate Change Think Tank and he ran the Coalition for Urban Transitions’ work in Tanzania and Ghana. His work focuses on the application of economics to Africa’s urban transition, environmental degradation and poverty alleviation and the implication of these issues for the discipline of economics itself. He holds two post-graduate degrees (in Environmental Change and Management and in Economics for Development) from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

He is an associate at the African Climate and Development Institute and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He has completed assignments for the New Climate Economy, World Bank, The European Union, The Food and Agriculture Organization, DfID, WWF, IIED the Fairtrade Foundation and a range of local and international companies, NGOs and government departments. He is also a founding Director of the not-for-profit organisation Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE), and is chairman of the board of iKhaya le Themba, an aftercare centre for children in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town.

Debbie Ley

Affiliation: Economic Affairs Officer – Energy and Natural Resources, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Country: Guatemala/Mexico
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 18, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Lead Author, Chapter 4, IPCC SR15

Debbie is an experienced Renewable Energy and Climate Change Specialist with a demonstrated history of working at the grassroots, local, and regional scales and in different sectors of clean energy, sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is a social and natural sciences professional with degrees in Geography and the Environment, Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering.

Ibidun Adelekan

Affiliation: Professor – Department of Geography at University of Ibadan
Country: Nigeria
Role: Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 9, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Ibidun Adelekan is a Professor of Geography at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research interests span across climate-society
interactions and human dimensions of global environmental change, including vulnerability and

resilience of socio-ecological systems to climate change in cities and coastal settlements, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. She was a contributing author to the Africa chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. She is also a member of the Expert Review Group, Race to Resilience (R2R) campaign of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Liliana Miranda Sara

Affiliation: Executive Director – Cities for Life Forum
Country: Peru
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 12, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Liliana is an architect, urban environmental planner, researcher, and an activist. Her research focuses on governance reconfiguration, integrating in the territory climate change, water, cities agenda 21, sustainable construction (involving green infrastructure), and justice issues. She is an Ashoka Fellow who designed and implemented pilot projects to promote sustainable building. She leads inter-institutional networks, and one of the founders and Executive Director of Cities for Life Forum – inter-institutional network (municipalities, universities, and civil society from 18 cities) in Peru and Coordinator – together with AMPE – of the Peru work of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. She is a Consultant in several national and international organizations. Former Principal Advisor of the Environmental Commission and Indigenous Communities in the Congress of Peru.

Liliana is a Lecturer and invited professor in several Master’s programmes in Perú and abroad. She has published 5 books, guides and more than 180 articles, guides, book chapters and case studies (English and Spanish). She writes columns in magazines and newspapers. Her 40 years of work is grounded around Local Climate Action Plans, Concertation, Consensus Building, Capacity Building, and Political Incidence Campaigns for Cities for Life towards Climate Resilient Development pathways.

Maria Fernanda Lemos

Affiliation: Collaborator – Interdisciplinary Center for the Environment at PUC-Rio
Country: Brazil
Role: Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 12, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

She is a Professor of Urban Design and Planning at PUC-Rio. She is also the Extension coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Environment (NIMA/PUC-Rio), with experience in interdisciplinary research and university extension projects for socio-environmental sustainability. She leads the Urbanism Laboratory (U.Lab), at PUC-Rio.

She is a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) as coordinator of the chapter “Central and South America”, of the AR6 WGII, as well as of the UCCRN (Urban Climate Change Research Network), as co-author of the chapter “Urban Areas in Coastal Zones”, of the ARC3-2, and the UCCRN-LA network. She works in the areas of urban planning and design, with an emphasis on sustainability, urban resilience and adaptation of cities to climate change. and the UCCRN-LA network. He works in the areas of urban planning and design, with an emphasis on sustainability, urban resilience and adaptation of cities to climate change. and the UCCRN-LA network. He works in the areas of urban planning and design, with an emphasis on sustainability, urban resilience and adaptation of cities to climate change.

Marjolijn Haasnoot

Affiliation: Senior researcher – climate adaptation, water resources management and adaptive pathways planning at Deltares, Associate Professor climate adaptation in deltas and coastal zones at Utrecht University
Country: The Netherlands
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 13, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Lead Author, Cross-Chapter 2, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Dr. Haasnoot is Associate Professor on climate adaptation in deltas and coastal zones at Utrecht University, and a senior researcher at Deltares. She is a founder of the Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways approach to support decision making under deep uncertainty. Model based adaptation pathways, fast integrated models and signals for timely adaptation are key tools in her research. She has worked in projects related to water management and planning in several countries, including USA, New Zealand, UK, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Russia. Serious gaming is one of tools she uses to socialize people with decision making under uncertainty and adaptation pathways. Marjolijn is a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (chapter Europe and cross-chapter cities and settlements by the sea). Within Deltares she is the director of the research programme on climate change and adaptive planning, and a member of the scientific council.

Mark Pelling

Affiliation: Professor of Geography, King’s College London
Country: UK
Role: Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 6, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Mark’s research interests include social and institutional aspects of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with a particular focus on urban contexts. He has worked in Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. He has served as a consultant for UNHABITAT, UNDP, UNISDR, World Bank, DFID and a range of NGOs including Oxfam, Action Aid, Greenpeace, and The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

His research is interdisciplinary and has been funded by ESRC, NERC, DFID, EC and the British Academy including large projects supported by the Belmont Forum. He has served on the international scientific steering committees of Future Earth Coasts, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk and the Stockholm Environment Institute, and as a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC SREX and Working Group II urban chapters for AR5 and AR6. He is co-chair of the United Kingdom Alliance on Disaster Research.

Mark has a PhD in Geography from the University of Liverpool, an MSc Marine Resource Management from Heriot-Watt and a BSc Geography from the University of Hull. He has taught at the University of Guyana, University of Liverpool and King’s College London and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and University of Cape Town. He is the author of seven books including Adaptation to Climate Change: from resilience to transformation (Routledge 2011) and The Vulnerability of Cities: social resilience and natural disaster (Routledge 2003) and over 80 peer review papers and book chapters.

Masahiro Hashizume

Affiliation: Professor – Graduate School of Medicine at The University of Tokyo
Country: Japan
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 10, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Masahiro Hashizume is a professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan. He is a physician and an environmental epidemiologist with research interests in climate change and human health, especially in current impacts, future projections, vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies. He had his residency training in

paediatrics in Tokyo, then received MSc from The University of Tokyo (1999) and PhD from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2007). Prof. Hashizume serves as a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Groups on Global Air Pollution and Health as well as on Climate Change and Environment (WPRO).

Matthias Garschagen

Affiliation: Professor, Chair in Human Geography, LMU University Munich
Country: Germany
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 16, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Author, Cross-Chapter Paper 2 IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Core Writing Team, IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report; Author, Chapter 1, IPCC SROCC

Prof. Matthias Garschagen is the Chair in Human Geography and heads the Teaching and Research Unit for Human Environment Relations at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich. He is also an Honorary Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Amongst other functions, Prof. Matthias currently has been serving as a Lead Author in the IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and the Synthesis Report (SYR).

His research focuses on risk, vulnerability, adaptation and transformation in the context of environmental hazards and climate change. He is particularly interested in future urban risk trends and the evaluation of cities’ different adaptation options. His research findings have been published in international journals, including Nature, and a number of book projects. Before joining LMU, Matthias Garschagen served for the United Nations University where he led a team of around 20 scientists working on the assessment of disaster and climate risk.

Nicholas P. Simpson

Affiliation: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Africa Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town
Country: Zimbabwe/South Africa
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 9, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Author, Cross-Chapter Paper 2, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Nick’s current research focuses on understanding the societal impacts and risks from climate change, and assessing how to respond to them. He is a Lead Author of the Africa chapter of the IPCC WGII Report with contributions to five other IPCC chapters in AR6 including assessment of climate resilient development, human settlements, water, heritage and

coastal cities, adaptation feasibility, climate change literacy, and advances in the understanding of complex climate change risks. He is also the Lead Author of the ICOMOS-IPCC-UNESCO White Paper on Impacts of Climate Change on Heritage. He was appointed an Affiliate Member of the African Academy of Science (2021-25). His previous research extended security studies and criminology to the governance of new ‘Anthropocene harmscapes’, exploring how, why and with what effect, resilience has been employed as a means of understanding and responding to unanticipated and severe climate change events. In doing so his publications on responses to the Cape Town Drought have coined the terms ‘climate gating’ and ‘partial functional redundancy’ through empirical analysis of the distributional effects of responses to climate change. His PhD extended the practice of environmental assessment to better conceptualise human well-being and set minimally just conditions for equitable participation in deliberative environmental decision making.

Richard Dawson

Affiliation: Director – Research & Innovation in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University
Country: UK
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 6, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Coordinating Lead Author, Cross-Chapter Paper 2, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Professor Richard Dawson is Director of Research in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, a Chartered Engineer and
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Richard believes that engineers have a crucial role to play in developing adaptation solutions to ensure our catchments, infrastructure and cities are resilient and sustainable in the face of intensifying global change.

Over the last two decades he has pioneered the application of systems approaches to develop national, catchment, and city-scale climate risk analysis. These are enabling engineers, planners and policy makers to map, target and prioritise adaptation on the basis of minimising the risks to people, the environment and economy.

He has published over 80 journal papers and received a number of prizes for his work, including the Jose Maria Sarriegi Major Catastrophe Research Award (2019), Lloyds Science of Risk Prize (2012), Institution of Civil Engineers’ Robert Alfred Carr Prize (2004). He has editorial roles for the journals Climatic Change, Flood Risk Management, and npj Urban Sustainability.

As a member of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, Richard provides advice to the government on preparing for climate change.

Sarah Colenbrander

Affiliation: Director – Climate and Sustainability Programme at ODI
Country: UK
Role: Contributing Author, Chapter 6, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Sarah is the Director of ODI’s Climate and Sustainability programme. She is an environmental economist who has supported
policy-makers across Asia, Africa and Latin America to develop low-carbon development strategies.

Before joining ODI, Sarah was Head of Global Programmes for the Coalition for Urban Transitions – a network of 35 organisations (including ODI) that supports national governments to identify and implement the deep structural shifts needed to foster productive, inclusive, sustainable cities. She was the lead author of Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity, the report that underpinned the Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action track of the 2019 UN Climate Summit. Sarah has also worked on climate change mitigation in cities, energy and forestry at IIED, the University of Leeds and Forests Alive. She has co-authored a wide range of academic papers, as well as reports for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, UN Environment and the World Bank.

Sarah is an associate of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford, University College London and the University of Manchester. Sarah holds a Masters in Environment and Development from Trinity College, Dublin.

Timon McPhearson

Affiliation: Professor – Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems Lab
Country: USA
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 6, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Dr. Timon McPhearson is Professor of Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems Lab, and Research Faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School. He is a Senior Research Fellow at The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, and a Research Affiliate of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. He studies the ecology in, of, and for cities to advance resilience, sustainability, and justice. In 2017 he was awarded the Distinguished University Teaching Award at The New School. In 2019 he was awarded both the Sustainability Science Award and the Innovation in Sustainability Science Award by the Ecological Society of America. In 2020 he was named an NYC Climate Hero by the NYC DOT and Human Impacts

Institute and appointed by the NYC Mayor to the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). He has published over 100 articles, books, book chapters, and scholarly articles including in scientific journals (Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, BioScience), books (e.g. Resilient Urban Futures, Urban Planet), and popular press (The Nature of Cities, Resilience Quarterly), and is widely covered in the press (e.g. The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, New York Times Magazine, CityLab, Urban Omnibus). He is a founding editor of Nature npj Urban Sustainability.

Winston Chow

Affiliation: Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Singapore Management University
Country: Singapore
Role: Lead Author, Chapter 6, IPCC AR6 WGII Report; Lead Author, Cross-Chapter 2, IPCC AR6 WGII Report

Associate Professor Winston Chow researches and educates on physical processes, impacts, and mitigation of urban heat islands,
urban vulnerability to climate change, and sustainable urban climatology. He is a principal investigator in the ongoing Cooling Singapore Initiative, leading research into how a digital urban twin enables sustainable and climate-resilient urban design, as well as assessing how urban heat risks can be minimised for the city-state of Singapore. Previously, Dr. Chow conducted interdisciplinary research into urban climate risks and policies, such as for heat, droughts and flooding hazards, for Singapore as well as in several North American cities. He tweets often about climate and other issues at @winstontlchow.