Maria Begoña Peiro Salvador

Junior Climate Change, Risk and Resilience Advisor at UN-Habitat, València

United States, 2020

Begoña was born in Valencia in 1988. She earned a degree in Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) and an M.Sc. in International Cooperation and Sustainable Emergency Architecture from the International University of Catalonia (UIC). Begoña works in the fields of architecture and urban planning, focusing on urban climate resilience strategies, informal settlements upgrading and climate justice. As an advisor for organizations such as UN-Habitat and the Government of Fiji (Ministry of Housing and Community Development), Begoña has supported several projects in the Asia-Pacific Region while based in Japan and in Fiji. She is lead author for UN-Habitat ́s publication “Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk – A Guide for Community Assessments, Action Plans and Implementation”  that was launched at WUF10 and has been implemented in several countries across the Asia-Pacific Region. In Fiji, she led the development of 16 informal settlements vulnerability assessments and climate action plans across four urban areas (funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund). For over three years, she has been involved in multiple European projects across different scales in architecture and urban planning practices. 


Application period

United States, 2020

Host university or research centre

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Studies pursued with the fellowship

Doctor of Design

Type of studies


Speciality of studies pursued with the fellowship

Urban development

Home university

Universitat Politècnica de València

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