Maria E Filippi

Miss Maria E Filippi

BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD

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    Research interests

    The locus of my research is situated at the intersection of disaster risk management, urban studies and international development, with a regional focus in cities and urban areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. I have conducted fieldwork in various Latin American medium-sized and capital cities, spanning Santa Fe and Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Arequipa and Lima (Peru), but also in the metropolitan areas of Barcelona and London. I am particularly interested in experimenting with participatory and action research approaches in low-income settlements and municipal governments that have the potential to catalyse and steer policy-academia interfaces at the city scale.  

    My doctoral research coalesced around an exploration of institutionalisation processes of disaster risk management and transformative urban change steered by municipal governments in medium-sized cities in low- and middle-income countries. It unveiled the intricacies of municipal administrations as complex and dynamic organisations and the trajectories of change that cross-cutting policy paradigms such as disaster risk management (DRM) stimulate within these organisations and across their relations with others in networked spaces.

    Education/Academic qualification

    University College London

    Sep 2015Mar 2020

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2020

    Sep 2013Sep 2014

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2014

    University of Amsterdam

    Sep 2011Sep 2012

    Award Date: 3 Sep 2012

    Universidad de San Andres

    Mar 2002Aug 2007

    Award Date: 6 Aug 2007

    External positions

    Research assistant, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

    Jan 2015Dec 2015

    Research assistant- Chance2Sustain research programme, University of Amsterdam

    Aug 2012Jul 2013


    • urban disaster risk
    • disaster risk management
    • climate change adaptation
    • urban low carbon transitions
    • development planning
    • institutionalisation
    • transformation
    • networked governance
    • action research
    • participatory inquiry methods
    • co-production


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