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Zac Taylor

My research focuses on urban climate finance and integrated climate risk governance in the built environment. 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, the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. 

After completing my 4TU Resilience Engineering postdoc in 2022, I became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management in the Built Environment at TU Delft. I currently co-lead RED&BLUE, a cross-institutional research agenda on integrated real estate-finance climate risk governance in the Netherlands funded by the Dutch Research Council. This entails working with academics and societal stakeholders across disciplines and the public and private sector. I am also an academic coordinator at the Resilient Delta initiative, where I facilitate research and impact on delta systems resilience in the Netherlands. 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 promote effective and equitable climate transitions.