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 the governance of urban sustainability transitions. His research at CEU aims to unlock the potential of nature in cities through innovation: he conducts research and works with key stakeholders in Tianjin (China), Winnipeg (Canada), Győr (Hungary) and Singapore to explore governance, policy, business, finance and partnership models that enable the successful deployment and catalyze the systemic integration of urban nature-based solutions. His work is connected to the EU-funded NATURVATION Project, supervised by Prof. László Pintér.  
Attila serves as representative to the Doctoral Program Committee and the Student Union. Recipient of the CEU Academic Award in 2017/18. He was TA/co-instructor of CEU's "Sustainable Development and Global Transition: From Theory to Practice" master's course, and teaches several courses at other Hungarian and foreign institutions on sustainable development, governance, and urban transformation. His Teaching Portfolio is available here.

Attila is also a Systems Innovation consultant of Europe's largest knowledge and innovation community, EIT Climate-KIC, where he co-developed, tested and benchmarked a certification process for the transversal competency framework on Systems Innovation, and a training for Circular Economy to support solutiens oriented change agents and whole systems transformation. His work experience includes several years of EU- or UN-funded 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 social sciences 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 a junior researcher, consultant, lecturer, and activist, Attila is committed to tackle complex sustainability challenges, to support better governance, and 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