Laura Valente de Macedo is a researcher and postdoctoral fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas, School of Business Administration in São Paulo (FGV-EAESP), in the public administration and government department. She is an architect and town planner by training and has her PhD (2017) and MSc (2000) from the University of São Paulo´s Environmental Science Program (PROCAM-USP); she also has an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford (1998). Her current research interests include multi-level climate governance, urban green and blue infrastructure and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in cities.
With an extensive career in environmental policies and management, Laura has worked in both state and federal government departments between 1991 and 2011, holding senior executive or advisory positions. In her many contracts as a consultant for high profile national and international organizations, she has worked with stakeholders from the business sector and academia as a coordinator and team leader. She has also been a lecturer on sustainable consumption, cities and climate change, and has collaborated in several publications as a co-author and/or editor. During 2013, she was the Chairperson of Greenpeace Brazil´s Board of Directors. She was ICLEI´s regional director for Latin America from 2002-2011 and is now an honorary board member of ICLEI-South America. Until 1991, she was a practicing architect in São Paulo.