Laura Quadros Aniche is an Urban Sustainability and Climate Change specialist. She works on education, advisory, and research on urban sustainability and governance. Her expertise focuses on nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, climate adaptation and resilience, urban living labs, participatory processes and legitimacy.
She teaches, mentors, and supervises in the Master Programme Urban Management and Development. She is part of the Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change Specialization and Research Workshop. She is also a member of IHS Examination Committee.
Laura is involved in advisory and research projects at IHS. Some of her recent and ongoing projects include:
- SCORE (Smart Control Of The Climate Resilience In European Coastal Cities), a large H2020 research and innovation project aimed at the development, deployment, evaluation, and uptake of integrated Ecosystem Based Approaches (EBA) and smart technologies to improving the climate resilience of European coastal cities, through the establishment of a Coastal City Living Lab (CCLL) infrastructure involving multiple stakeholders and supported by novel digital technologies.
- Urban Water Challenges – Integrated Sustainable Solutions in China, a knowledge-to-knowledge project on water governance and sustainable urban renewal in a ‘Partnership in Business’ project in China funded by RVO (The Netherlands Enterprise Agency);
- Peacebuilding In Peri-Urban Areas: Nature-Based Solutions For Community Resilience, a Refresher Course in Colombia, funded by Nuffic;
- Nature-Based Solutions For Climate Change Adaptation And Mitigation, a tailored course in Ecuador, jointly organized with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE).
She also coordinates the new IHS book “Urban Management in Emerging Economies. New Paradigms and Practices”.
Laura holds a Masters (cum laude) in Urban Management and Development at IHS, an MBA in Real Estate Business and Civil Construction Management, and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. Before joining IHS, Laura worked for twelve years with project management, urban development projects, civil construction, and real estate business. She worked on large neighborhood, residential, commercial, corporative, hotel and mixed-use projects, with global vision and management since land acquisition until post-delivery. Her responsibilities included acting in product concept; market intelligence; financial viability, planning and monitoring; legalization and urban aspects; architecture, structure and complementary projects analysis and coordination; legal and business structure; real estate register; marketing and publicity planning; sales approval and supervision; monitoring of customer requests; budget and contracts scope analysis; construction monitoring, and LEED and Triple-A certificates processes.