Sara Mehryar

Research Fellow

Sara Mehryar

Sara is a research fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research is mainly focused on supporting decision-making and governance of climate change adaptation and resilience. Sara applies various tools and methods including mental modelling, social simulation, and resilience assessment tools to understand human adaptation behaviour and identify ways to improve resilience of local communities against future climate risks.

Since 2018, Sara has been largely working on the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance

programme which is a multi-sectoral collaboration focusing on finding practical ways to support communities in developed and developing countries strengthen their resilience to flood risk. In addition, sara has been a:

Member of the management committee

  • of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA)


Sara completed her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Twente, Netherlands. In her thesis, she developed a participatory method using a combination of Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) and Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) to support policy option analysis for water scarcity. Sara also holds an MSc in Urban Design from the University of Delft, Netherlands, and a BSc in Architecture from University of Guilan in Iran.

Research interests

  • Urban climate risk governance
  • Decision making for climate adaptation and resilience
  • Adaptation behaviour to flood and heat risks
  • Participatory decision making
  • Social simulation and mental modelling