Elena Marie Enseñado

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

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Elena Marie Enseñado currently works as an Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change specialist at IHS. Her thematic interests include 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 in various development projects for local and international clients, such as in the fields of climate change, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management, in the Philippines.