Sandra Fatorić

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Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Fatorić is Affiliated Researcher with the Centre for Global Heritage and Development and Marie Skłodowska-Curie LEaDing Fellow with TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. She intends to bridge gaps between climate adaptation planning for cultural heritage and environmental policy at the Dutch, European and global scale.

Dr. Fatorić works at the interface of social and earth sciences, which include climate change adaptation planning, cultural heritage preservation and management, climate risk management, climate and environmental policies, and coastal management and conservation. Working with national, state, and local governments, diverse stakeholders and community groups, she draws on extensive experience across Europe, North America, and Australia. Her expertise includes also knowledge transfer and capacity building, project design and management, and communication across broad audiences of academics, policy makers and practitioners.

Currently, Dr. Fatorić leads a novel interdisciplinary research project titled, “How to Secure the Future of Cultural Heritage at Risk from Climate Change? Developing a Climate-Smart Adaptation Planning and its Prioritization Process in The Netherlands”, which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 707404. The main objectives of this project are: (1) to identify climate-related risks (2) to advance scientific understanding of cultural heritage’ values in partnership with policy makers, diverse stakeholders and communities; (3) to develop decision support tool for climate-smart adaptation planning; (4) to enhance awareness and capacity to address climate change risks on cultural heritage together with climate adaptation responses through engagement with policy makers, academics, practitioners and community groups.

This project incorporates Dr. Fatorić’s cutting-edge research conducted in the United States where she developed decision support tools and frameworks for optimizing and prioritizing climate adaptation planning of historic buildings, historic districts, and archaeological sites which can more transparently and robustly inform and support the U.S. National Park Service in decision- and policy making. She worked closely with national and state decision makers, policy makers, NGOs, private sector stakeholders, academic and research institutions, and community groups to advance understanding of cultural heritage’s historical significance together with climate change vulnerabilities and feasible adaptation strategies.

Dr. Fatorić holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain), M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Institute of Environmental Science and Technology and (ICTA-UAB, Spain), and B. Sc. in Geography from University of Primorska (UPR, Slovenia).

Her professional mission at Centre for Global Heritage and Development is to help improve and support transparent and evidence-based decision making for safeguarding the irreplaceable Dutch and European cultural heritage and engage diverse stakeholders, decision-and policy makers, including communities in catalysing action for cultural heritage-climate change policy.

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