Katriona McGlade is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute. Since joining in 2010, she has contributed widely to the Institute's research, education and communication activities. Her expertise is on climate change adaptation and processes for collaborative knowledge production. Katriona is a native English speaker and is fluent in German, Spanish, French and Catalan.
Katriona has extensive experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of stakeholder-centred climate adaptation through projects such as Co-designing the Assessment of Climate Change Costs (COACCH), Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE) and Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISC-KIT). Her current work focuses on knowledge co-production in the Horizon Europe project REACHOUT where she coordinates exchange between municipal representatives and the climate service tool developers.
Katriona has a strong interest in equity and justice in relation to policy interventions and knowledge use. Along these themes she has conducted studies on the gender dimensions of coastal adaptation, access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, intellectual property rights and poverty reduction, maladaptive water resource management, as well as biodiversity and wellbeing. This has included regular contributions to Eurostat's Monitoring Report on Progress Towards the SDGs in the EU and inputs to the European Parliament's Development Committee (DEVE).
Alongside her work at Ecologic Institute, Katriona was part of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report as a contributing author to the work on Gender, Climate Justice and Transformative Pathways. She is also studying towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her interdisciplinary research project focuses on climate adaptation and coastal policy with an emphasis on justice, participation and knowledge politics in Scottish island communities.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Katriona worked on youth-led development projects in the United Kingdom (UK) for the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Environmental Vision (Envision) and worked as a foreign language teacher to young people and adults.
Katriona has studied and worked in a number of European and Latin American contexts and is a keen linguist with an interest in minoritised languages. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in International Development from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Bachelors Degree (BA Hons) in Hispanic and Latin American Studies from Bristol University (UK).