Sandra Valencia

UniversityChalmers University of Technology
Keywordsurban sustainability; Sustainable Development Goals; New Urban Agenda; climate change; climate governance; climate change adaptation; co-production; peri-urban

Website Chalmers University of Technology, in Swedish
Website Chalmers University of Technology, in English
Networks/thematic areasGlobal Sustainable Futures (GSF)

Reasearch / work
Lead researcher for comparative project: Implementing the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: Comparative Urban Perspectives. The aims of this project are: To analyze how the cities are engaging with, interpreting and implementing the New Urban Agenda and the urban related Sustainable Development Goals in the cities where Mistra Urban Futures works; to work with the cities to support the understanding and implementation of these global initiatives and to facilitate cross-city learning and interaction; to provide feedback to the ongoing UN revisions of the targets and indicators of these urban initiatives. Cities participating in the comparative project are Cape Town (South Africa), Gothenburg (Sweden), Kisumu (Kenya), Malmö (Sweden), Sheffield (UK), as well as Shimla (India) (through the social enterprise, Nagrika) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) (through the New School’s Observatory on Latin America). Also part of the research team of the following projects: - Greengov (Governing the green shift in Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Cape Town through leadership of co-creation): The purpose of GREENGOV is to create new and cutting edge knowledge about the challenges and dilemmas public leaders face in promoting the green shift, how they cope with them, and how their coping strategies affect the outcomes of the endeavors to make cities more green and sustainable. - The Nature of Peace - Exploring links between the natural environment and peace building in post-conflict societies: In this project we are interested in exploring the links between post-conflict developments and the natural environment in an interdisciplinary way in order to better understand the social, economic and ecological dynamics that these links imply.