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Marta Olazabal

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Short biography

Marta Olazabal studied Chemical Engineering from 1999 to 2004 at the School of Engineering of Bilbao (Spain). After graduation, a 2-year Abroad Training Scholarship allowed her to undertake scientific stays in research institutes of Germany and The Netherlands. Currently, Marta Olazabal is researcher in the Unit of Environment of Tecnalia (Spain) where she has been actively participating in diverse local and European projects related to environmental management and spatial planning. Marta is combining work and studies from 2008. She gained an MSc on Environmental Engineering in 2008. Currently, she is PhD student in the Department of Land Economy of the University of Cambridge (UK) and member of the Sustainability and Global Decarbonisation Research Group of the 4CMR (Centre for climate change mitigation research). Her main fields of interest are in relation to sustainable spatial planning, urban ecological services, urban resilience, urban transitions and adaptation to climate change.

Her research is on processes and tools to stimulate urban resilience to grand challenges such as climate change, peak oil and population growth. Acknowledging humanity and urban areas as drivers of unsustainable paths, and the role of ecosystems, the study defines the necessary conditions of urban resilient sustainability and addresses these through Basque case studies. The aim is to establish urban transition processes towards more sustainable lifestyles, economies and planning.

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C/ Geldo, Edificio 700, Parque Tecnologico de Bizkaia



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