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Zac Taylor

My research focuses on urban climate finance and integrated climate risk governance in the built environment at TU Delft. Originally from the Florida Gulf Coast, I trained in urban planning at UC Berkeley and the London School of Economics, before completing a PhD in urban and financial geography at the University of Leeds. My doctoral research examined the connections between property re/insurance, real estate finance, and climate risk governance in Florida cities. Following my PhD, I completed a comparative study of real estate-finance climate risk governance in Florida, the Netherlands, and Singapore as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow based at KU Leuven. My research has been published in journals including Environment and Planning and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.


In my current position in the Department of Management in the Built Environment at TU Delft, I am responsible for building a cross-institutional research agenda on integrated climate risk governance in the built environment. This entails working with academics and societal stakeholders across disciplines and the public and private sector. I am also a co-convenor of the Urban Climate Finance Network, a research collaborative funded by the Urban Studies Foundation that aims to broaden research and practice related to climate financing in cities.  I’m involved with the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering because I strongly believe that we must build our capacity for transdisciplinary collaboration if we are to realize an equitable climate transitions.