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Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao is an "interdisciplinary sociologist" by training. She has been a research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Reasearch (NCAR) and is currently leading the "Urban Futures" initiative there (http://www.ral.ucar.edu/staff/prlankao-staff.php). Paty is acutely aware that cities are key players in the climate arena as emitters of GHG, vulnerability hotspots and crucibles of innovation, and her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risks. She has also done research on why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their response capacity (resilience) to environmental impacts. She was co-leading author to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and is currently convening author of IPCC: AR5, North American chapter. Although she was born in Mexico, she considers herself to be a citizen of the world. She cares deeply about her family and friends, but she is also passionately engaged in finding options to move humankind toward a more sustainable and fair future.