Dr. rer. nat. Diana Reckien

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) (University of Twente)

Dr. Reckien is Associate Professor Climate Change and Urban Inequalities at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
She specializes at the interface of climate change and urban research, with the aim to contribute to justice efforts. One of her current research question is how climate change mitigation and adaptation policies affect and interact with social vulnerability, equity and justice, and how to set up adaptation and mitigation policies in order to avoid respective negative side-effects. Other research interests include method development for impact and adaptation assessments, and modelling approaches, social vulnerability, and climate change migration. She mainly investigates urban areas in Europe, Asia (mainly India), and Africa. To do so, she employs large comparative studies using social science methods, such as questionnaires, case study analyses and multi-variate statistics, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM).
Dr. Reckien is Coordinating Lead Author for “Chapter 17: Decision-making options for managing risk” of the Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. She has recently been involved in the Second Assessment Report for Climate Change in Cities (ARC3.2; Eds: Rosenzweig, Solecki et al.; Cambridge University Press), for which she led the work on equity and environmental justice. She also serves on the Editorial Board of “Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews”.
Before joining the team at University of Twente/ ITC, Dr. Reckien has worked as Senior Climate Impact Scientist at Climate Analytics Berlin, as well as two years at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in the City of New York, and for 12 years at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. During parts of that time she also worked as Social Development Specialist for the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Reckien received her PhD (magna cum laude) in Geography in 2007 from the University of Marburg, Germany, in cooperation with the John-Moores-University Liverpool, UK. Her PhD focused on “Intra-regional migration in formerly industrialised regions: Qualitative Modelling of household location decisions as an input to policy and plan making in Leipzig/Germany and Wirral/Liverpool/UK”.


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Dr. rer. nat. Diana Reckien