Urbano Fra Paleo, Ph.D. Geography (1996), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, also holds a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the EOI Business School and is a certified Geomatics Specialist (GIS/LIS).
He is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura and Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica. He worked at the US Geological Survey in Denver (1995) and Hawai’i (1999), and was Research Associate at The Environment Institute of the University of Denver (1996). In 2005 he was Fellow of the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Fra has performed fieldwork in the United States, Mexico and Morocco, and taught at the University of Köln, Germany (2003), University of Marburg, Germany, (2002), University of Iceland, Iceland (2001) and Fachhochschule Neubrandenburg, Germany (1997).
His research interests lie in risk governance, particularly the development of criteria and methods to perform collaborative evaluation. His research is also focused on the analysis of mitigation and adaptation to risk from natural hazards. He is the editor of the book Building safer communities. Governance, spatial planning, and responses to natural hazards, published by IOS Press in 2009. His latest book, Riesgos naturales en Galicia El encuentro entre naturaleza y sociedad, published by the University of Santiago de Compostela Press in 2010, reviews natural hazards and human interaction in northwestern Spain.
Urbano Fra has been involved in the European Virtual Seminar on sustainable development through a European university partnership. Also, he has been participating in the development of the evaluation tool AISHE 2.0, contributing with criteria and methods for the evaluation of sustainability in higher education.
He currently is President of the Iberian Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and member of the Spanish Scientific Committee of International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), and of the Scientific Committee of the Integrated Risk Governance (IRG) Project.
In 2009 Fra received the Innovation Award from the University of Santiago de Compostela, and the same year was honored with the Sustainable Actions in Social Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Jaime Vera Foundation for distinguished contributions in introducing young students to science research.