Kristina Yuzva MSc.

PhD student

Summary

Kristina Yuzva is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Economics, Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam. She has a multi-disciplinary academic background having completed a Master’s in Public Administration and Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Canada. She has been involved on a number of adaptation-oriented projects including working as a Congress and Publications assistant for the “2nd Annual World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change” for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. In her role as a publication assistant, she wrote two introductory chapters and edited the book, “Resilient Cities: Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change - Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011.” Aside from this, she has worked as a research assistant for the United Nations University- Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS): Environment Migration, Social Vulnerability, and Adaptation Section (EMSVA) where she coordinated and wrote a background literature review to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change SBI Work Programme on loss and damage distributed at four regional workshops across the globe. She is also a contributing author for the Working Group II for the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. Currently, she is working as a project associate for the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) hosted at UNU-EHS in close collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The project aims to develop a strategic framework for low income countries and emerging economies in finding ways to implement climate risk insurance solutions in an integrated climate risk management approach.

Kristina Yuzva will work on a PhD project that aims to devise a theoretical framework and build an evidence base on how risk transfer instruments can be tailored to incentivize risk reduction and build climate resilience for low-income households in the Caribbean within the broader domain of risk management and economics of adaptation.

Academic training

2009-2010Queen’s University, School of Public Policy Studies, Master of Public Administration, Canada.
2004-2009University of Toronto, Faculty or Arts and Science, Honours Bachelor of Science, Canada

Professional employment history

2013- presentProject Associate, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) hosted at United Nations University- Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS): Environment Migration, Social Vulnerability, and Adaptation Section (EMSVA), Bonn, Germany
2012- 2013Research Assistant, United Nations University- Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS): Environment Migration, Social Vulnerability, and Adaptation Section (EMSVA), Bonn, Germany
3/2011- 12/2011Congress and publication assistant, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Bonn, Germany
8/2010-12/2010Intern, United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme, Bonn, Germany

Selected publications


Warner, K., Yuzva, K., Zissener, M., Gille, S., Voss, J. & Wanczeck, S. (forthcoming). Innovative insurance solutions for climate change: how to integrate climate risk insurance into a comprehensive climate risk management approach. Working Paper. United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Bonn.

Oliver-Smith, A., Cutter, S., Warner, K., Corendea, C. & Kristina Yuzva. (2012) Addressing loss and damage in the context of social vulnerability and resilience. Policy Brief Series No. 7. United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Bonn.

Corendea, C., Warner, K. & Yuzva, K. (2012). Social Vulnerability and adaptation in fragile states. InterSecTions No 9/2012. UNU-EHS, Bonn.

UNFCCC. (2012). A literature review on the topics in the context of thematic area 2 of the work programme on loss and damage: a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change. FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.14.

Yuzva, K. (2012). Chapter 2, Introduction: Urban risk and assessing vulnerability at the local level. In Otto-Zimmerman, K., Resilientcities: cities and adaptation to climate change – Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011. (pp. 11-13). Local Sustainability, vol. 2. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York.

Yuzva, K. (2012). Chapter 3, Introduction: Toward the resilient city. In Otto-Zimmerman, K., Resilientcities: cities and adaptation to climate change – Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011. (pp. 37-52). Local Sustainability, vol. 2. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York.

ICLEI.(2011). ICLEI Case Studies: Montevideo, Uruguay- Greenhouse gas emissions inventory: First experiences. Eds. Yuzva, K. & Simpson, R. Available at: http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=11546