Ph.D. Candidate in Urban and Public Policy
Veronica Olivotto is a researcher, teacher and consultant working on urban climate change adaptation and risk reduction with a keen interest in the politics of decision making in climate resilience at multiple scales. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public and Urban Policy in the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at the New School in New York.
While in Rotterdam, Olivotto served as an associate lecturer at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development She also worked on climate change related assignments and training for the German Development Agency (GIZ), the European Commission, various branches of the United Nations, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. She is an author and member of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). Between 2007 and 2009, she worked as sustainable development researcher at the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology (SISTech) based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Olivotto earned a Master of Science in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, a Master of Science in Ecotourism from the University of Edinburgh, and and at Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Heritage from Milan University. She has published and presented her work in numerous venues, including Urban Tranformations, the Housing and Informal Settlements Second Assessment, Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), and the New York City Mayor's Office of Resiliency.