Dr.-Ing. Nathalie Jean-Baptiste


Dr. -Ing. Nathalie Jean-Baptiste

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Nathalie Jean-Baptiste is a Marie Curie Global Fellow associated to URBANgrad. Her work focuses on vulnerability assessment and climate related risks in low-income countries and the relationship between infrastructure, society and the environment. She is an architect graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, holds a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Urban Studies from the Bauhaus University. Prior to joining the Technical University of Darmstadt, she worked as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig for 4 years. Her international experience bridging science and practice includes environmental education with a focus on organic waste management in Mexico and Australia as well as risk assessment and adaptation in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Tanzania. She is the Coordinator of the Housing Network of the International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS) and Lead Coordinating Author of the chapter on Housing and Informal Settlements of the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and cities (ARC3-2). She has taught different courses at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.

Academic and research interests

• Urban development in emergent and developing countries, local governance and collective actions (formal and informal) for change, pro-poor growth

• Climate knowledge for supporting sustainable development and urban planning, risk management and adaptation

• Vulnerability of urban infrastructure systems, environmental and socioeconomic considerations for infrastructure planning

• People centered approach of waste management and sanitation

• Participatory action research, collaborative data collection, mixed (ecological and social instruments) and indicators

• Environmental behavior and education to reduce environmental impact


2007 – 2012 PhD (summa cum laude) in Urban Studies, Chair “Raumplanung und Raumforschung”, Bauhaus- Universität Weimar – Weimar

2005 – 2007 Master of Science in Urban Studies, Bauhaus – Universität Weimar

2000 Certificate in Marketing and Commercial Strategies Universidad Iberoamericana – Mexico City Graduate

1991 – 1997 Diploma in Architecture, Universidad Iberoamericana – Mexico City

Beruflicher Werdegang

2011 – 2015 Research Fellow, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig

2014 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Human Settlement Studies, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam

2010 – 2011 Honorary Associate, Urban and Regional Planning and Policy, University of Sydney –Sydney

2009 – 2010 Environmental educator to local councils in Sydney

2008 – 2010 Visiting Scholar, Research Group ‘Environment, Behaviour and Society (EBS)’, University of Sydney

2004 – 2005 Researcher, Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE), Mexico City


2015 Marie-Curie Global Fellowship – H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – European Commission

2015 Research scholarship – Programa de Estancias de Investigación (PREI) – DGAPA/UNAM – Mexico

2012 – 2013 Women in Science and Art Program (WISA) – Bauhaus Universität – Weimar

2007 – 2010 PhD Scholarship – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Mexico City

Akademische Funktionen und Mitgliedschaften

2013 Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) – Coordinating lead Author – Chapter 12: Housing and Informal Settlements

2012 European Geosciences Union (EGU)

2012 International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS) – Coordinator of the Housing Network

2011 Bauhaus Research School

Current Research projects

2017 – 2018 CityLab Dar es Salaam - reimagining the coproduction of space in Dar es Salaam, Project Leader

2015 – 2018 H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Accelerating Transition in Peri-urban Areas in East Africa (ACTUS), Principal investigator, www.actus.wastestudies.com

Completed Projects

2015 – 2016 Percepción y Acción Comunitaria para la Reducción de Riesgos de Desastres y Adaptación al Cambio Climático en México (PACMEX), principal investigador (with Dr. Patricia Andreade UNAM)

2014 – 2015 MCA-DAR – Multi-criteria analysis application to respond to flooding at a community level: Case of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2011 – 2013 Climate change and urban Vulnerability (CLUVA), EU-FP7 program, Task2.3 Social Vulnerability Assessment, Principal Investigator

2009 – 2011 CapHaz-Net, EU-FP7 program, WP-9 Participation in Flood Risk Management: Social Capacity Building in the Frame of the European Floods Directive, (Organization of international workshop)

Organization of International Events

2017 (upcoming) IAPS 2017 Symposium – Knowledge for climate-proof urban development in rapidly changing environments, 27-29 September Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


2016 Expert Workshop - Rethinking Infrastructure Systems in East Africa, Ardhi University, 04 August 2016, Dar es Salaam

2016 Kigamboni Urban Walk “Exploring housing stories in peri- urban areas in Dar es Salaam” in the frame of the UN-habitat Urban October Initiative, October 2016-10-13, Dar es Salaam http://actus.wastestudies.com/event/kigamboni-urban-walk/

2015 Symposium and Exhibition - La Ciudad de México en un Contexto de Transformación Global, Mexican Embassy in Berlin, 26 June 2015

2015 Symposium and Exhibition - La Ciudad de México en un Contexto de Transformación Global, Mexican Embassy in Berlin, 26 June 2015

2014 UCCRN Stakeholder workshop - Housing and Informal Settlements in a changing climate, Kinondoni Municipal Council 12 March 2014, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2014 Thematic workshop on ‘Economics, Finances and the Role of the Private Sector Housing and Informal Settlements’ at the UCCRN events, Bonn, Germany

2013 Thematic Workshop on Panel Session on Research Driving Innovation: Strengthening the science-policy interface in African local governments, at ICLEI LOCS conference, 30 October 2013, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


2017 Dissertation II, MSc. Public Policy Analysis and Programme Management , Ardhi University

2016 Dissertation I, MSc. Public Policy Analysis and Programme Management , Ardhi University

2015 Global Environmental Change and Cities, Block Seminar Chair: Raumplanung und Raumforschung, Bauhaus Universität- Weimar, Germany

2015 Housing in a Global Changing Environment - Assessing the vulnerability and promoting the resilience of cities , Block Seminar Seminar Chair: Raumplanung und Raumforschung, Bauhaus Universität- Weimar,

Thesis supervision


2016 Elinorata Mbuya - “ Vulnerability Analysis of Building Structures to Climate Variability: The case of Flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania”, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam


2017 Adam Meyer zu Schwabedissen - “ The challenges of sanitation in Dar es Salaam: Exploring the inherent strength of participatory approaches in infrastructure provision ”, Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt

2016 Joseph John Osena - “ Vulnerability of Peri urban Systems: Households solid waste generation and disposal actions in Dar Es Salaam”, Institute for Housing and Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam

2016 Basilisa John - “An Assessment of communication Strategies in Solid Waste Management: The case of Kinondoni Municipality”, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam

2015 Gabriela Torres - “Acciones de adaptación y mitigacion para el manejo de asentamientos irregulares en el contexto del cambio climático”, Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Master Thesis)

2015 Carla Rafaela Ebel - “Urban Planning and socio- natural hazards: Improving Urban measures to prevent and deal with disasters”, Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Master Thesis)

2014 Maria Budnik – “Institutional Perceptions of Displacement and Resettlement in the Contexts of Urban Planning and Climate Adaptation – The Case of Addis Ababa”, April 2014, University of Leipzig (Master Thesis)


2013 Julia Schäfer – “Urbanes Gärtnern als Strategie zur Qualitativen Aufwertung der Ernährung vor den Hintergrund sozialräumlich polarisierter Zugansbedigungen in megastädten – Eine explorative Studie am Beispiel von Rio de Janeiro”, August 2013, Universität Leipzig

Selected Publication

Scientific Journal

Budnick, M., Jean-Baptiste, N. & Kabisch, S. (2017), Resettlement in the context of urban development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Social Dynamics (Submitted)

Schaller, S., Jean-Baptiste, N., Lehmann, P, (2016). Oportunidades y obstáculos para la adaptación urbana frente al cambio climático en América Latina. Casos de la Ciudad de México, Lima y Santiago de Chile. Revista EURE - Revista De Estudios Urbano Regionales Vol 42. No.127 pp257-278

Herslund, L., Jalayer, F., Jean-Baptiste, N., Jørgensen, G., Kabisch, S., Kombe, W., Lindley, S., et al. (2015). A multi-dimensional assessment of urban vulnerability to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa. Natural Hazards, 1-24 LA - English. Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/s11069-015-1856-x

Chapter in peer-reviewed books

Jean-Baptiste, N., Olivotto, V., Porio, E.,, Kombe, W., and Yulo-Loyzaga, A. (2017). Housing and informal settlements. In C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, and S. Ali Ibrahim (eds.), Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge University Press. (Accepted, In Press)

Jean-Baptiste, N., & Kombe, W., (2017). Opportunities and Barriers for Research and Actions in Climate Change Adaptation in Tanzania. In Walter Leal et al. (eds.), Handbook of Climate Change Research at Universities: addressing the mitigation and adaptation challenges. Springer.

Kabisch, S., Jean-Baptiste N., John, R., Kombe W., (2015). Assessing Social Vulnerability of Households and Communities in Flood Prone Urban Areas. In Urban vulnerability and climate change in Africa - a multidisciplinary approach. Pauleit S. et al., (Eds.). Springer, Series Future City pp. 197-228

John, R., Jean-Baptiste, N., & Kabisch, S. (2014). Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Populations in Africa: The Case of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. E. Edgerton, O. Romice & K. Thwaites (Eds.), Bridging the Boundaries: Human Experience in the Natural and Built Environment and Implications for Research, Policy and Practice (Vol. 5). Boston: Hogrefe Publishings. pp. 234-244.


Jean-Baptiste N., Kuhlicke C., Kunath A., Kabisch S., 2011. Review and evaluation of existing vulnerability indicators in order to obtain an appropriate set of indicators for assessing climate related vulnerability. CLUVA Deliverable D2.11. Available at http://www.cluva.eu/deliverables/CLUVA_D2.11.pdf

Doctoral Thesis

Jean-Baptiste N., 2012. People centered approach towards food waste management in the urban environment of Mexico. Doctoral Dissertation. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.