Short CV/Education and training

  • Vanesa Castan Broto is Professor of Climate Urbanism at the University of Sheffield since 2017. From 2011 till 2017 she taught at University College London, first as lecturer and then as senior lecturer.

  • She completed an Engineering Doctorate on the sociology of engineering at the University of Surrey in 2010, after an interdisciplinary education in environmental engineering, natural resources management and environmental sociology.

Selected publications

Books (authored)

  • Castán Broto, V. Urban Energy Landscapes (2019) Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

  • Castán Broto, V. and Westman, L. (2019) Urban Sustainability and Justice. London: Zed Books.

Books (edited)

  • Rigon, A and Castán Broto, V. (2021) Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South. London: Routledge.

    Castán Broto, V., Robin, E. While A. (2020) Climate Urbanism. London: Palgrave.

Recent journal articles

  • Castán Broto, V., Sudhira, H.S. and Unnikrishnan, H., 2021. WALK THE PIPELINE: Urban Infrastructure Landscapes in Bengaluru's Long Twentieth Century. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

  • Castán Broto, V. and Robin, E., 2020. Climate urbanism as critical urban theory. Urban Geography, pp.1-6.

  • Robin, E. and Castán Broto, V., 2020. Towards a postcolonial perspective on climate urbanism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

  • Padan, Y., Castán Broto, V., Roberts, D., and Rendell, J. (2020) A 'Minifesta' as the Promise of Collective Voice. AXON Creative Explorations. Vol 10, No 2, December 2020.

  • Castán Broto, V, 2020. On shapeshifting monsters and navigating territory: politics and governance during the pandemic. Territory, Politics, Governance.

  • Castán Broto, V., Mah, D., Zhang, F., Huang, P., Lo, K. and Westman, L., 2020. Spatiotemporal perspectives on urban energy transitions: a comparative study of three cities in China. Urban Transformations, 2(1), pp.1-23.

  • Kirshner, J., Castán Broto, V. and Baptista, I., 2020. Energy landscapes in Mozambique: The role of the extractive industries in a post-conflict environment. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52(6), pp.1051-1071.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Current projects as Principal Investigator

  • Community energy and sustainable energy transitions in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique (CESET). Global Challenges Research Fund, 2020 – 2024

  • Low Carbon Action in Ordinary Cities. European Research Council Starting Grant, 2019 – 2024

Current projects (co-investigator)

  • Knowledges in Action for Urban Equality. Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, 2018 – 2022

  • Urbanising in Place. Building the food water energy nexus from below. Belmont Forum/JPI Urban Europe, 2018 – 2021

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Serving as a Lead Author for the Working Group II of the 6th Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

  • Associated Editor for the journals Territory, Politics, Governance and Landscape Research

  • Board Member for the Landscape Research Group, since 2016

  • External examiner for the Department of Geography, London School of Economics, since 2018

  • Committee member for FORMAS, Sweden (Urban and Rural Areas Panel 2019, 2020, 2021 and Climate Change Panel, 2017, 2018)

  • Committee member for the Swedish Research Council (Development Areas Panel, 2020, 2021)

  • Member of the Peer Review College of the Economic and Social Research Council, since 2012

Additional qualifications

  • MSc Environmental Sociology, 2003

  • Ingeniero de Montes (Natural Resources Management and Engineering), 2003


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