Amaya Celaya Alvarez

University of Deusto

Received Sylff fellowship in 2014.
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:

Undergraduate (BA, BS, etc.)
(Navarra University, Pamplona, Spain/ Architecture and Building / 2000 / BS Architecture. Selected final project (5 projects of 50) 
Pablo Sarasate Conservatory of Music, Pamplona, Spain / Classic music / 2000 / BA Classic Music.  
Graduate (MA, MS, etc.)
(Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain/ Policy and Social science / 2015 / Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) - Erasmus Mundus – Best master thesis NOHA Deusto. 
• Risk Reduction and resilience governance models in urban settings. Taking into account human rights and gender, informality, humanitarian and climate actions, among others: a broader scope for resilience beyond risk resilience and climate resilience that includes different scales of analysis from national to local.
Navarra University, Pamplona, Spain / Architecture and Urban planning / 2000 / Master‘s degree Architect EQF7 - Urban planning -:
• Architecture and urban design. Urban planning and urban policies (our final project was a complete urban master plan for a city, including legal articulation).
• Eco-design and efficiency in the use of resources (I.S.O. standards). I designed my own methodology to implement eco-measures in building and urbanization projects.                                                                                                                                                    
Scholarships/awards other than Sylff (selected)
Intercampus scholarship /Urban planning / Lima - Peru, 1999         
Intercampus scholarship /Urban design/ Buenos Aires - Argentina, 1998


Amaya has expertise in urban design and planning, architecture, and humanitarian action; also in resilience and risk management models, as well as sustainability and climate action matters. Before joining UN-Habitat, she worked in the private sector for 16 years. She has also worked in the Emergency Response Unit of Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) of the European Commission (E.C.), supporting in particular the work of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) in Ebola Crisis. She usually collaborates as inviting lecturer with several universities, and acts as expert / evaluator for E. C.  Programme Horizon 2020 in Resilience, Secure Societies and Sustainability matters since 2015.

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