Dr Florian Koch is Manager of the Integrated Project “Urban Transformations: Sustainable urban development towards resource efficiency, quality of life and resilience” and scientist at the Department of urban and environmental sociology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. He studied spatial planning in Dortmund, Rome and Berlin and holds a PhD in Social Science from Humboldt University Berlin. He leads the working group on urban sustainability transformations and the Sustainable Development Goals of the German Committee in Future Earth. His research areas are urban environmental planning, local adaptation to climate change, the urban dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals and urban governance processes. Since 2014 he is World Social Science Fellow for 'Sustainable Urbanization' of the International Social Science Council.