Gerard Martínez Görbig, PhD researcher at the University of Twente (UT) and member of LOCALISED, was interviewed for the ‘PhD Stories’ series of U-Today – an independent journalistic medium at the UT – to present the work he is doing to support local governments in adapting to climate change and ensuring climate justice.

At the heart of Gerard’s research is the development of the Climate Action Strategiser, a tool designed to help local governments develop plans to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. To ensure that his research is practically applicable, he has engaged with the cities of Barcelona, Vienna and Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot from the outset, working directly with the people who will ultimately use the results of the LOCALISED research results.

In addition, Gerard emphasises the importance of equal access to the impacts and benefits of climate actions, which is why his research aims to pay particular attention to the impacts on vulnerable groups and how climate action can inadvertently lead to energy poverty. He stresses the need for climate justice in Europe

When it comes to bridging the gap between climate research and practical solutions, Gerard is at the forefront: CLICK HERE to read the full interview.