Chiara Fratini

Chiara Fratini



Academic grades

M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering


English, Danish, Italian, Spanish


I am an expert in interdisciplinary research focused at the interface between society, technology and environment. With a Master degree in Environmental Engineering particularly focused on Urban Water Management, I specialize in sustainable urban water management, adaptive environmental governance and socio-technical transitions. I am developing my expertise in building capacity for transitioning to sustainable urban water management, especially in relation to pre-developed urban spaces.

I wrote a Master Thesis on Urban Flood Risk Management where I contributed to develop a tool (The 3 Points Approach) for integrated urban water management where I unfolded the meaning of water in an urban planning perspective that combines the engineering knowledge on flood prevention with the large variety of functions represented in the urban space where the existing infrastructure mutually interrelate with social complexity and natural variability. In collaboration with Tauw (a Dutch consultancy company) I carried out a comparative case study analysis between Denmark and the Netherlands that highlighted the differences in approaching urban water management resulting in recommendations for achieving a more integrated urban water management in Denmark.

My PhD project, carried out in collaboration with DTU Environment and the Department of Forest and Landscape at Copenhagen University, aims at understanding how individuals, organizations and institutions can create the bases for managing and catalyzing the technical and organizational innovation necessary for the transition of the urban area in order to obtain more sustainable and integrated urban water systems to achieve increasing resilient and livable cities. This is expected to contribute to future strategies for climate change adaptation and sustainable development at the local and institutional levels.

International experience

International experiences and cooperations

September 1999 - August 2006: Bachelor Degree in Environmental Engineering at Univerity of Florence (Itlay)

August 2006 - January 2009: Master Degree in Urban Water Engineering at DTU Environment (Denmark)

July 2007- August 2007: Field surveys and measurements in Yucatan in collaboration with UNAM (Mexico)

April 2008- June 2008: Internship in the private water sector at Tauw bv (Netherlands)

November 2010: NORDCLAD-Net PhD course: Bridging the science, policy and practice of adaptation to climate change in the Nordic countries at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), (Sweden)

April 2011- August 2011: Guest PhD student at the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities of Monash University in Victoria (Australia)

December 2011: Viable Water Management and Governance for Futures (VIWAFU) - NordForsk Researcher Network (Finland)

October 2011- February 2012: Application to the European Seventh Framework Program in collaboration with Universities and Organizations from England, Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria, The Netherlands.

International Conferences Participation as Speaker

November 2010: 1st International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in the Nordic Countries: Science, Practice, Policy – Stockholm (Sweden)

September 2011: 12th International Conference on Urban Drainage – Porto Alegre (Brazil)

February 2012: 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design – Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)

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  • Water Science and Technology

    ISSNs: 0273-1223

    I W A Publishing, United Kingdom

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.3 SJR 0.394 SNIP 0.621, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Central database


  • Urban Water Journal

    ISSNs: 1573-062X, 1573-062x

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-9006

    Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom

    BFI (2018): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.87 SJR 0.689 SNIP 1.192, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, Web of Science (2018): Indexed yes

    Central database


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