Lubaina Rangwala and Lauretta Burke

Lubaina Rangwala is a Managing Associate at WRI India’s Sustainable Cities Centre. She works closely with the Climate Resilience Practice, and leads the Urban resilience work at WRI India. Her work focuses on community resilience planning in Asian cities, highlighting the issues of urban poverty and livelihoods. Currently, she is working in Surat in India, and Semarang in Indonesia, to pilot test WRI’s Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) tool in the poor communities of these cities. The UCRA tool uses primary data and local community knowledge, to influence disaster preparedness and resilience planning strategies at the city level.

An architect and urban planner from Mumbai, Lubaina has over eight years of experience working in the urban realm as a researcher and a teacher, at institutions in India and the United States. She started out as an associate with WRI India – Cities and Transport and has coordinated projects on land use and transport integration in areas adjoining transit nodes within Mumbai. She also contributed to developing off-street parking reforms within station areas in Mumbai, providing key inputs for the Mumbai Development Plan 2014-34. Additionally, she has co-authored EMBARQ India’s Safe Access Manual Volume 1: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities, a compilation showcasing the emerging work around safe and secure access to mass transit in India.

Lauretta Burke is a Senior Associate at World Resources Institute. Lauretta has led WRI’s coastal ecosystem work since 2001, which focuses on producing high-quality analyses and tools to improve management and foster resilience in coastal ecosystems. This includes both the Reefs at Risk project, which uses GIS spatial analysis to evaluate local and climate-related threats to coral reefs, and the Coastal Capital project, which uses economic valuation to evaluate and communicate the goods and services that coastal ecosystems provide to people. This includes valuing the benefits from improved wastewater treatment in the Caribbean, the shoreline protection services provided by mangroves, and helping cities and coastal areas prepare for future climate.

Lauretta is a part of WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice, leading work on the development of indicators to evaluate vulnerability and resilience to climate change in cities, including the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) project. Lauretta is the WRI lead for the public-private Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), which seeks to improve access to data and information for climate adaptation and resilience planning.

Lauretta previously worked for U.S. EPA’s Global Climate Change Program, performing analysis on the impact of climate change on fisheries, wetlands and biological diversity.

Lauretta holds a Master’s in Geography from University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master’s in Environment and Resource Policy from the  Rangwala George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York.