Raisa Cole

Raisa Cole

  • Room 8A-40, NU-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Raisa Cole is a PhD candidate in the department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has a master’s degree in international Cooperation and Urban Development from the Institut d’Úrbanism Grenoble, with a particular focus urban climate change adaptation governance and housing. Her MSc thesis examined South Africa’s Emergency Housing Programme and its potential as a new adaptive governance policy typology.

Currently, Raisa Cole is working on a PhD project on resilience approaches to urban governance and their application in African cities. This project aims re-politicising the resilience debate in order to determine the appropriateness of these approaches in addressing African urbanities. This appropriateness will be practically assessed by looking at the application of resilience approaches within the housing sector. Research project outputs include a data portal of climate change adaptation measures across 54 African capital cities and a film on climate change agenda setting on the continent.


Urban development and international cooperation; human geography and political science; strategic communication, social and environmental impact assessment, urban analysis, participatory action research, film as an urban analysis tool.


2015: MSc Habitat, Urbanisme et Coopération Internationale – L’Institut d’urbanisme de Grenoble (IUG

2014: MSc International Cooperation and Urban Development – Technical University Darmstadt

2010: Bachelor of Social Science, Politics and Environmental and Sociology – University of Cape Town

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