Ebru Gencer is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (CUDRR+R), a non-profit research center based in New York City. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Urban Planning Advisory Group and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of City and Regional Planners’ (ISOCARP) Center for Excellence in Planning.
Ebru Gencer has a Ph.D and MPhil in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a MSc in Urban Preservation, and a Diploma in City and Regional Planning from Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. She was a nominee for 2016 AXA Foundation Award for Urban Vulnerability on the Global South, a recipient of
World Bank’s Young Scientist Applied Research Grants, and a Fellow for UNU-EHS Academy on Social Vulnerability.
Ebru has worked on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and urban development and design projects in South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, Latin America, and the Caribbean regions including with positions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the Euro-Mediterranean Climate Change Center in Venice, Italy, as well as consultancies for the United Nations system. At CUDRR+R, she is currently undertaking a UK and Canadian governments’ funded climate resilient development project in the cities of Colombia, El Salvador, and Argentina.
Ebru Gencer is the author of many books and articles on the nexus of disaster risk reduction and sustainable urban development, among them: The Handbook for Local Government Leaders: How to Make Cities Resilient (UNISDR, 2017), the Local Government Powers for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Study on Local Level Authority and Capacity for Resilience (UN, 2017), A Compendium on Disaster Risk Reduction Practices on Western Balkans and Turkey (UNISDR and WMO, 2014), The Interplay Between Urban Development, Vulnerability and Risk Management: A Case Study of the Istanbul Metropolitan Area (Springer, 2013). She is also one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the Urban Climate Change Research Network’s (UCCRN) Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
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