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A positive outcome of climate anxiety and a case study of climate adaptation of road infrastructure in Bogota, Columbia

Event organised by ICE

28 June 2022
08:45 - 09:30 BST (GMT+1)

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Join us for a session on how civil engineers can use climate anxiety to fuel a career in climate action. We will be joined by Juan Sebastián Cañavera Herrera is currently a Consultant in the Sustainable and Resilient Cities Team in AECOM UK, who will take us through a discussion of climate change and its impacts on infrastructure, his experience with climate anxiety and how it motivated him to pursue a PhD in climate change adaptation.

The session will consist of a brief presentation from Juan on his postdoctoral paper and experience as well as how he is continuing his work on climate change resilience. This will be followed by an open discussion where we can talk about other related examples people might have as well as how people manage climate anxiety in general.

The research was carried out at the Centre in Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment within the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge and looks at the adaptation of transport systems to climate change. This adaptation is crucial for maintaining city functions in the future. Due to the complexity of this process, urban transport planners may not always be aware of all challenges they must face, leading to maladaptation or lack of adaptation of the transport systems of their cities. Recognising this complexity, this paper identifies barriers and opportunities for effective adaptation planning via a socio-technical perspective.

If you would like to read the paper in advance of the event, you can find this at the link below.

Navigating institutional complexity for the adaptation of urban transport infrastructure by Sebastián Cañavera Herrera and KristenMacAskill


This session is part of a series of webinars on green finance and climate adaptation which can be booked at the links below.

Recordings of the events will be available in the ICE library shortly after the events.

Thursday 16th June 18.00-19.30

Introduction to Green Finance - An Environmental Agency Approach by Rohit Das, Senior Green Finance Advisor at the Environmental Agency UK

Thursday 23rd June 18.00-19.30

Green Finance and Engineering – A Critical Relationship by Renard Teipelke Associate Director in AECOM’s Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience Practice


 Juan Sebastián Cañavera Herrera

Juan Sebastián Cañavera Herrera


sustainability and resilience consultant

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Juan Sebastián Cañavera Herrera

Juan Sebastián Cañavera Herrera is currently a Consultant at the Sustainable and Resilient Cities Team in AECOM UK. Specialised in urban resilience and adaptation of civil infrastructure to climate change, he works with AECOM to support cities on climate and sustainability issues, working on cutting-edge projects, proposals and knowledge products. Juan is a civil engineer with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in climate change adaptation planning of urban road infrastructure. He has experience working on sustainability and resilience projects in Colombia, Germany, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Applying his expertise, he currently is the UK's Young Professional Representative at the Climate Change and Resilience of Road Networks Technical Committee from the World Road Association (PIARC). At the committee, he is exploring how to apply the lessons learned through his doctoral research to help develop uniform and holistic methodological approaches to increase the resilience of road infrastructure to climate change and other hazards and update accordingly the PIARC International Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Road Infrastructure. This will benefit the 122 government members of PIARC.

For more information please contact:

Emily Jalloh