Alejandro Barcena

Researcher (urban risk), Human Settlements research group

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Spanish (fluent), French (fluent)

Alex Barcena is an established researcher in urban risk and climate adaptation politics in the global South. He has an extensive experience in transdisciplinary work, facilitating conversations across social and physical science research, policy and practice.  


Urban risk; resilience; climate adaptation politics; political ecology; feminist literature.  


Before IIED

  • Lecturer, human geography, King’s College London
  • Co-investigator/research associate, Kings College London
  • National disaster risk reduction coordinator, IFRC
  • Disaster risk reduction consortium coordinator, Practical Action
  • Satellite design and implementation manager, Airbus


  • PhD in geography, urban risk, transformations, Kings College London 
  • MSc in development studies, Universidad Complutense Madrid
  • MEng in telecommunications engineering, Universidad Carlos III Madrid

Current work

Alex's research focuses on facilitating conversations between urban development planners and at-risk and marginalised communities in cities of the global South through transdisciplinary science with an expertise on social science.