Niki Frantzeskaki

Affiliated Lecturer Transition Academy
Niki Frantzeskaki is Professor of Urban Sustainability Transitions at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. She researches contemporary sustainability transitions in cities and their governance across Europe, USA, Brazil and in developing countries like Vanuatu, and Ghana. Next to her research, she contributes to DRIFT as affiliate lecturer of DRIFT’s Transition Academy.
From 2010 until 2019 Niki Frantzeskaki worked as researcher and Associate Professor in Sustainability Transitions’ Governance at DRIFT. At DRIFT Niki coordinated research on environmental governance and urban sustainability transitions through her leadership of and involvement in a portfolio of research projects including: CONNECTING NATURE, IMPRESSIONS, GUST, GATE, RESILIENT EUROPE, and ENABLE. Successfully finalized projects include: URBES, ARTS, SUSTAIN, MUSIC, RESHARE, RWS funded project on Sustainability in Large Infrastructures and NGI Self-organisation of infrastructures.
She has edited 12 special issues in top-ranked journals about sustainability and sustainability transitions. She has edited two books on sustainable waste management in Greek and three books on urban transitions and transition management published in 2017 and 2018 with Routledge, Cambridge University Press and Springer Nature. She contributed as a lead expert in international dialogues and projects, being the lead expert in the European Union and Brazil platform of science exchange and co-production under the theme of innovating cities with nature-based solutions, with a good grasp on global environmental governance knowledge and processes in 2015-2016. She is actively contributing as an author in CBO, GEO-5, GEO-6 and IPBES assessments.
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Selected publications


  • Frantzeskaki, N., Holscher, K., Bach, M., and Avelino, F., (2018), Co-creating sustainable urban futures - A primer on Transition Management in Cities, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-69271-5. (BOOK)
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Castan-Broto, V., Coenen, L., and Loorbach, D., (Eds) (2017), Urban sustainability transitions, Routledge: New York, ISBN 978-0-415-78418-4 (BOOK).
  • Elmqvist, T., Bai. X., Frantzeskaki, N., Griffith, C., Maddox, D., McPhearson, T., Parnell, S., Romero-Lankao, P., Simon, D., Watkins, M (Eds). 2017. Urban Planet. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107196933 (BOOK).
  • Raymond, C.M., Frantzeskaki, N., Kabisch, N., Berry, P., Breil, M., Nita, M.R., Geneletti, D., and Calfapietra, C., (2017), A framework for assessing and implementing the co-benefits of nature-based solutions in urban areas, Environmental Science and Policy, 77, 15-24,
  • Frantzeskaki, N., Dumitru, A., Anguelovski, I., Avelino, F., Bach, M., Best, B., Binder, C., Barnes, J., Carrus, J., Egermann, M., Haxeltine, A., Moore, M.L., Mira, R.G., Loorbach, D., Uzzell, D., Omman, I., Olsson, P., Silvestri, G., Stedman, R., Wittmayer, J., Durrant, R., and Rauschmeyer, F., (2016), Elucidating the changing roles of civil society in urban sustainability transitions, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22, 41-50.
  • Frantzeskaki, N., and Kabisch, N., (2016), Designing a knowledge co-production operating space for urban environmental governance – Lessons from Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Berlin, Germany, Environmental Science and Policy, 62, 90-98.
  • Kabisch, N., Frantzeskaki, N., Artmann, M., Davis, M., Haase, D., Knapp, S. Korn, H., Naumann, S., Pauleit, S., Stadler, J., Zaunberger, K., Bonn, A. et al. (2016), Nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas –perspectives on indicators, knowledge gaps, opportunities and barriers for action, Ecology and Society, 21 (2):39. [online]