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


Research - 2022

The authors of this paper offer a critical review and an assessment of approaches to climate and disaster resilience measurement with a particular focus on three issues: (1) the consideration of compounding socioeconomic and climatic risks in approaches to resilience measurement; (2) the methodological and technical aspects of resilience measurement; and (3) the application and practicability of resilience measurement across various contexts to reliably inform decision-making processes. Read more

Aerial view of flood

Research - 2021

Research - 2020

This paper explores the role of national laws in determining the nature of flood risk management (FRM) and in particular the ability to increase flood resilience in the context of climate change. The authors therefore call for a shift in FRM away from post-event activism towards forward-looking planning through an anticipatory resilience approach. Read more

Research - 2019

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


Policy - 2021

Policy - 2020

Policy - 2019

This submission was made to the Environment Agency's consultation on its draft strategy for flood and coastal risk management in England, and draws on the Grantham Research Institute's work and expertise over many years in this area. Read more

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


News - 2022

News - 2020

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