Sara Mehryar

Research Officer (post-doc)

Sara joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in October 2018 as a research officer (post-doc). She is working on Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) project and her focus is on flood risk governance and resilience decision-making in the context of OECD urban areas. She is interested in the role of different stakeholders and institutions in the process of climate change adaptation.


Prior to joining LSE, Sara completed her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at ITC, University of Twente, Netherlands. In her thesis, she developed participatory policy analysis methods for climate change adaptation and applied them in the case of water scarcity in Iran. Sara also holds a Master of Urbanism from the University of Delft, Netherlands and a BS in Architecture from University of Guilan in Iran.

Research interests

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Urban flood risk governance
  • Resilience flood governance
  • Human perception and individual behavior
  • Institutional decision-making
Working paper  27 August, 2019

From individual fuzzy cognitive maps to agent based models: modelling multi-factorial and multi-stakeholder decision-making for water scarcity

The authors of this paper develop an integrated modelling methodology combining an Agent-Based Model with Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping and use it to simulate impacts of policy options addressing the problems of water scarcity for a farming community in Rafsanjan, Iran. read more »

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Policy publications  9 October, 2019

Submission to Call for Evidence on Flooding and Coastal Erosion by Defra

This paper summarises the Institute's submission to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ call for evidence on policy direction to prepare the UK for flooding and coastal erosion, drawing on a decade of work by the Grantham Research Institute with the insurance industry and policymakers addressing issues around climate change and adaptation. read more »

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