Prof. Niki Frantzeskaki

Spatial Planning

Niki Frantzeskaki is a Chair Professor of Regional and Metropolitan Governance and Planning, Section Spatial Planning, Geosciences Faculty, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her expertise is on urban transitions and transformations, their governance and planning, with a focus on achieving climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainability, and resilience. Her research also focuses on the governance and planning of nature-based solutions for contributing to climate change resilience and more just urban futures. She has a rich international research experience with a portfolio of ongoing projects in Australia, Canada, and the United States of America. She has been a Highly Cited Researcher awardee from Clarivate Analytics in 2020 and 2021, putting her in the top 1% of researchers globally in the cross-field of social sciences and ecology. From 2019 to 2021, she has been a Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. From 2010 to 2019, she has been an Associate Professor at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions with Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 18 special issues and released four books on urban sustainability transitions in 2017, 2018, and 2020.