Biography: Amy Pieterse is an Urban Planner and researcher working in South Africa. She completed her Master’s in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Pretoria, in which she explored the extent to which local governments’ mainstream climate change adaptation into planning. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D., and on a 6-month research stay at the Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) at TU Berlin to develop her proposal. She has a specific research interest in how local governments take-up research and evidence into planning and policy, with a focus on climate resilience. She holds a Senior Researcher position in the Smart Places Cluster at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She has been with the CSIR since 2014 and works as part of an interdisciplinary research and development team, conceptualising and developing innovative approaches to addressing and understanding complex urban problems.
Research Topic: Research uptake in support of evidence-based urban planning