Regional Hubs Overview

UCCRN’s goal is to lead an on-going, sustained global city-focused assessment and solutions program, to provide cities with the knowledge they need to effectively respond to climate change.

Building on a series of scoping sessions with stakeholders and members, UCCRN is transitioning from a report-focused organization to one that leads an on-going, 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 to include proactive Regional Hubs, with field directors, program coordinators, and researchers that strengthen ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange both for and with cities.

The Regional Hubs operate at continental-scale (e.g., Europe, Central and Latin America, Africa, South and East Asia, Australia) and will be 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.

UCCRN has actively worked to expand membership geographically (with an emphasis on enhancing the involvement of developing country scholars) and to strengthen specific skill sets in areas where regional capacity is lacking.  Both goals will be achieved through the creation of the UCCRN Hubs to provide more geographically-targeted research and support for local researchers and practitioners, who will be recruited from local universities and research institutes in key cities important regions. Our regional work helps us strengthen urban climate assessment and action initiatives.

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:

Australian Oceania Hub: Canberra, Melbourne, Lismore, and Sydney, Australia

Ken Doust –
Director, Windana Research Pty Ltd & Coordinator Eng Management Program, Southern Cross University

Kate Auty –
Commissioner, Sustainability and Environment, Australian Capital Territory

Barbara Norman –
Chair, ACT Climate Change Council


European Hub: Paris, France

Chantal Pacteau –
Associate Director, French Consortium of Climate-Environment-Society

Luc Abbadie –
Professor, University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) & Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences-Paris 

Coordinator: Yann Dusza –
Research Engineer, Centre de Recherche en Ecologie Expérimentale et Prédictive (CEREEP)-ECOTRON Ile-de-France


Latin American Hub: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Martha Barata –

Strategic advisor, Institute Oswaldo Cruz (IOC/Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro

Emilio La Rovere –
Executive Coordinator, Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment at Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE/UFR), Rio de Janeiro

African Hub: Durban, South Africa

Sean O’Donoghue – Sean.O’
Acting Manager, Climate Protection Branch,  eThekwini Municipality, Durban
Mathieu Rouget –
Chair, Land Use Planning and Management, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban

East Asian Hub: Shanghai, China

Min Liu –
Dean, East China Normal University (ECNU) School of Geographic Sciences, Shanghai

Xiaotu Lei –
Director, Shanghai Typhoon Institute at the Chinese Meteorological Administration

Coordinator: Ruishan Chen –
Professor, School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai


North American Hub: Philadelphia, USA

Franco Montalto –
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Coordinator: Yu Ziwen –
Research Scientist, Drexel University, Philadelphia


Nordic Node: Aalborg, Denmark

Martin Lehmann –
Associate Professor, Institute for Planning, Aalborg University


Center for Multilevel Governance: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Oswaldo Lucon –
Climate Change Advisor to the São Paulo State Environment Secretariat

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