Paty Romero-Lankao is an interdisciplinary sociologist by training. She has been a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is currently leading the Urban Futures initiative there.
Paty is acutely aware that cities are key players in the climate arena as emitters of GHG, vulnerability hotspots and crucibles of innovation, and her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risk. She has also done research on why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their response capacity (resilience) to environmental impacts.
Along with other scientists, she is currently designing urban-scale interdisciplinary studies that inform and are informed by global-scale interdisciplinary research. In addition to her research work, she has participated in global and local endeavors promoted by IPCC, UNDP, IAI and UN-HABITAT. She was a Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group II for both the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Outside of Science: Although she was born in Mexico, Paty considers herself to be a citizen of the world. She cares deeply about her family and friends, but she is also passionately engaged in finding options to move humankind toward a more sustainable and fair future. Paty is an amateur pianist and a lover of outdoor activities.