Attila Katona

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"First we shape our cities - then they shape us" - Jan Gehl.

Attila is a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy who focuses on urban sustainability transition and innovation. His research at CEU aims to understand what factors and dynamics influence the deployment of urban nature-based solutions (NBS) and what systemic interventions could catalyse the process. He conducts comparative case study research in Tianjin (China), Winnipeg (Canada), Singapore (tbc.) and Győr (Hungary), while establishing an ‘Urban Transition Lab’ in Győr to facilitate the systemic integration of NBS. His research work is connected to the EU-funded NATURVATION Project, supervised by Prof. László Pintér. He was TA/co-instructor of CEU's "Sustainable Development and Global Transition: From Theory to Practice" master's course. He serves as representative to the Doctoral Program Committee. Recipient of the CEU Academic Award in 2017/18. 

Attila is also a senior consultant of the European Union's largest public-private partnership, EIT Climate-KIC, where he works on developing and benchmarking transversal competency frameworks and a certification process for accelerating sustainability transitions, innovation and entrepreneurship (Certified Professional). His work experience includes several years of EU- or UN-funded research and innovation project management at  international organizations, such as REC and WWF, focusing on climate change, social innovation, smart cities, and urban transition. Attila coordinated grassroots groups, as well as several international and national networks for over 9 years on a voluntary basis – he is currently Council Member of the Hungarian Green Movement. He is also faculty at the Milestone Institute, a national centre of advanced education for gifted high school students, where his role is academic mentoring, teaching, as well as advising the Milestone Innovation Society as founder and Head Mentor.

As a junior researcher, consultant, lecturer, and activist, Attila is committed to tackle complex sustainability challenges, to support better decision making, and to catalyse the necessary transitions to a more resilient and reflexive society.


Regional and Environmental Economics MSc (Excellent with the highest honours) - Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Environmental Engineering BSc - Budapest University of Technology and Economics