Shagun Mehrotra - Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
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    Shagun   Mehrotra

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center

    Profile:

    Shagun Mehrotra is Professor of Sustainable Development at The New School University, New York and is the founding Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Center.  Professor Mehrotra serves on UNSDSN’s Urban Thematic Group charged by the UN Secretary General as an external advisory group for the post-2015 development agenda.  Mehrotra co-directs UCCRN a global research network of 500 scholars and practitioners based in a 100 cities dedicated to urban climate change research and policymaking.

    Over the last decade and a half, his research and advice has widely engaged governments and private sector in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on climate change, infrastructure economics and finance, and poverty reduction in cities, particularly large slums.  He has led 45 multidisciplinary teams to assess climate risk and craft response in global cities and a dozen teams on infrastructure reforms.  View classroom presentations and listen to podcasts here.  Professor Mehrotra established Climate and Cities, an international policy advisory facility, jointly housed at Columbia University, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  Previously, he served on the staff of the World Bank, leading infrastructure reform of public utilities in Africa with a focus on expanding services to the urban poor.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has published extensively on these issues, including two recent books, one on Climate Change and Cities with Cambridge University Press and another on infrastructure economics with Oxford University Press.  His work has featured in Nature,and Scientific American and he is a reviewer for policy relevant research for Sciencethe world’s leading journal of scientific research.  He has a PhD from Columbia University in Urban Planning with specialization in Infrastructure Economics.

    Recent Publications:

     

    Books

     

    1. Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Dhakal, and P. Romero-Lankao, Eds., (Cambridge University Press). (1) Coordinating lead author for Urban Transport chapter; (2) Shepherd for three chapters—Economics, Finance, and Private Sector; Urban Energy; Urban Planning and Design.

    2015

     

    1. Climate Change and Cities (ARC3) First Assessment Report, with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, Eds., London: Cambridge University Press. Forewords by (1) Mayor of New York City; (2) Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; (3) United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat; (4) Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

     

    2011

    1. Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways transformed, with S. Kumar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009.  Foreword by Prime Minister of India. English hardcover version in fourth impression and translated into two languages.  Paperback edition published by OUP in July 2010, second impression in 2011.

    2009

     

    Book Chapters

     

    1. Lead author, Adapting to climate change in cities, Section 8 Urban infrastructure and livelihoods (with J. A. Carmin, A. Fenech, H. Fünfgeld, Y. Labane, J. Li, R. Roggema F. Thomalla and C. Rosenzweig          , Chapter 30 in Climate Adaptation Futures, Edited by Palutikof, J, et al., Wiley Pty LtdClimate Adaptation Futures Proceedings of The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Government of Australia.

     

    2013

    1. Lead author, Framework for City Climate Risk Assessment: Buenos Aires, Delhi, Lagos, and New York, Chapter 6 in Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda Volume 2, World Bank, Washington, DC (with C. E. Natenzon, A. Omojola, R. Folorunsho, J. Gilbride, & C. Rosenzweig).

     

    2012

    1. Urban Climate Change (with Solecki, W., Rosenzweig, C., and Hammer, S.), in The Urban Transformation: Health, Shelter and Climate Change, Eds. Sclar, E., Volavka-Close, N., and Brown, P. Routledge.

     

    2012

    1. “Urban Transport and Climate Change”, Coordinating Lead Author, with Lefevre, B., & Zimmerman, R. and Lead Authors, H. Gercek, K. Jacob, S. Srinivasan, in C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra, Eds., Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

     

    2011

    1. “Cities, Disasters, and Climate Risk”, Coordinating Lead Author, with W. Solecki, & C. Rosenzweig, and Lead Authors, C. E. Natenzon, A. Omojola, R. Folorunsho, J. Gilbride in C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra (Eds.). Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

     

    2011

    1. “Urban Climate Change in Context”, Author, with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer in C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra (Eds.). Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

    2011

     

    Peer-Reviewed Articles

     

    1. Cities Lead The Way In Climate-Change Action. London: Nature, Vol. 467, 21 October (with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, & S. Hammer).

       

    2010

    1. Lead author, Framework for City Climate Risk Assessment, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Lagos, and New York, Commissioned Research, World Bank, Washington, DC (with C. E. Natenzon, A. Omojola, R. Folorunsho, J. Gilbride, & C. Rosenzweig).

       

    2009

     

    Research Interests:

    Infrastructure Economics (Transport, Water, Energy), Climate Change and Cities, Global Urban Futures, Slums, Sustianable Development

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