Caroline Uittenbroek

Caroline Josephina Uittenbroek (1985) has a bachelor degree in Spatial Planning (2004-2007) and a masters’ degree in Metropolitan Studies (2007-2010), both obtained at the University of Amsterdam. During her masters’ degree, she went abroad for eight months to study Real Estate and Urban design at Portland State University in Portland (OR), USA. For her thesis, she compared the City of Portland with the City of Amsterdam on the topic of collaborations between public and private actors in urban development. In September 2010, she started her PhD research on the mainstreaming of climate adaptation into urban policy, at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam. In the following three-and-a-half years, she presented her work at various conferences such as AESOP, ECCA, PLPR and Delta conference. Thanks to the format of the Knowledge for Climate program, she was fortunate to work with an interdisciplinary team consisting of policymakers and researchers working within different fields. She was involved in a research project on the legitimacy of the current allocation of public and private responsibilities for climate adaptation in four sectors (energy, ICT, transport and public health). This research should provide input for the Dutch National Adaptation Strategy which is due 2017. This research was carried out by Utrecht University and commissioned by Knowledge for Climate, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. Currently, she works as a post-doc researcher and teacher at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development in the field of environmental governance.