Sarah Colenbrander

Researcher, IIED, University of Leeds

Sarah is a researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development. In this role, she is exploring urban governance for resilience, mechanisms to channel climate finance to the local level, and intersections between resilience and resource efficiency at the city scale.

Sarah formerly worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, leading the Climate Smart Cities programme in Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Rwanda, as well as supporting the team in India and China. Her team partnered with national governments, regional development authorities and local universities to develop the economic case for low carbon investment at the city scale. She continues to hold the role of Associate with the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Sarah completed a BSc(Ecology) and BCom (Economics, Political Economy) at the University of Sydney, followed by an MSc (Environment and Development) at Trinity College, Dublin.


  • 2015–present
    Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • 2014–present
    Associate, ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy
  • 2012–2015
    Research Fellow, University of Leeds


  • 2012 
    Trinity College Dublin, MSc (Environment and Development) - First
  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, BSc (Ecology) - Distinction
  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, BCom (Economics, Political Economy) - Distinction