Elena Marie Enseñado

Researcher, Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change

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Elena Marie Enseñado currently works as a Researcher within the Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change specialization of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). Her research interests include environment and climate change governance, learning processes for sustainability transitions, participatory decision making through the use of multiple criteria analysis and social value assessment of ecosystem services.

At IHS, Elena is involved in advisory, research, and capacity building projects. Recent project involvements include PROSPECT: Peer Powered Cities and Regions; the development of a Massive Open Online Course on Planning for Climate Change; SUSTAIN: Strengthening higher education in Urban Sustainability and Transitions towards internationalization of Academic Institutions and Networks; and Covenant CapaCITY: Capacity building of local governments to advance Local Climate and Energy Action.

She joined IHS after completing her Master's degree in Urban Management and Development (Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change, Urban Housing and Livelihoods) in September 2013.  Before her graduate studies in the Netherlands, she worked in various development projects for local and international clients -from the sectors of alternative education and livelihood development to biodiversity conservation and environmental management - in the Philippines.


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.