Elena Marie Enseñado

Elena Marie Enseñado

Specialist in Nature-based Climate Change Adaptation Planning, PhD Candidate

Elena Marie Enseñado currently works as a specialist in Nature-based Climate Change Adaptation Planning at IHS. Her expertise includes climate change and environmental planning, learning for socio-technical transitions and social-ecological resilience, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions, vulnerability assessments using participatory methods, and participatory decision making using multiple criteria analysis.

At IHS, Elena is involved in advisory, research, education, and capacity building activities. She has more than 12 years of experience in project development, management, monitoring and evaluation.

Key project involvements at IHS include the following:

- SCORE: Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Coastal Cities (European Commission - Horizon 2020 Programme, 2021-2025);

- PROSPECT: Peer Powered Cities and Regions (European Commission - Horizon 2020 Programme, 2017-2020);

- SUSTAIN: Strengthening higher education in Urban Sustainability and Transitions towards internationalization of Academic Institutions and Networks (European Commission, 2013-2016);

- Covenant CapaCITY: Capacity building of local governments to advance Local Climate and Energy Action (European Commission, 2010-2013).

Aside from working with cities and regions in the European Union on sustainable energy and climate change actions, she also has working experience in Asia, Africa, and South America. She has worked on various projects funded by the European Commission, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education, UN-Habitat, and other clients.

Elena joined IHS after completing her Master's degree in Urban Management and Development, specializing in Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change, in 2013.  Before her graduate studies in the Netherlands, she worked on various development projects for local and international clients, such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management, in the Philippines.


Ye, Lin; Peng, X., Quadros Aniche, L., Scholten, P., and Enseñado, E.M,, Urban Renewal as Policy Innovation in China: From Growth Stimulation to Sustainable Development. Public Administration and Development. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.1903

Edelenbos, J., Molenveld, A., Mojanchevska, M., Enseñado, E.M,, Budding-Polo Ballinas, M., Esteban, A., Ruijsink, S., Igalla, M. and Tsatsou, A. (2020): Community-based initiatives in the urban realm what conditions their performance?, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2020.1837088

Enseñado, E.M. and Heemann, J. How can peer-to-peer learning support energy transition in cities and regions? 2020. Edited by Van den Dool, L. and Schaap, L. in Strategies for Urban Network Learning. Book Chapter. Publisher: Palgrave.

Enseñado, E.M. and Grafakos, S. (2017). Multiple Criteria Analysis in Low Carbon Urban Development: A Review of Applications in Low-and-Middle Income Countries. Edited by Van Rooijen, K. Edelenbos, J. and Van Dijk, M.P. in Unfolding City Governance in Complex Environments Book Chapter. Publisher: Practical Action

Grafakos, S., Enseñado, E.M. and Flamos, A. (2016). Developing an integrated sustainability and resilience framework of indicators for the assessment of low-carbon energy technologies at the local levelInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy, 36 (10): 945–71. 

Grafakos, S., Enseñado, E.M., Flamos, A. and Rotmans, J. (2015). Mapping and measuring European local governments’ priorities for a sustainable and low-carbon energy futureEnergies, 8 (10), pp. 11641-11666. 

Grafakos, S., Flamos, A. and Enseñado, E. M. (2015). Preferences matter : a constructive approach to incorporating local stakeholders’ preferences in the sustainability evaluation of energy technologiesSustainability, 7 (8), pp. 10922-10960.

UN Habitat (2017). Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement. Comparative Review of Nationally Determined Contributions for Urban Content. Available at: https://unhabitat.org/books/sustainable-urbanization-in-the-paris-agreement/

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