Sara Candiracci

Associate Director, International Development

I am an urban planner and researcher with 16 years of professional experience working in the field of sustainable urban development and planning across Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. I hold a PhD in heritage led urban planning, with a thesis on the role of cultural heritage in social inclusion and place-making in East Africa.

I am an Associate Director in the International Development group and member of the Leadership Team and lead the work on Inclusive and Resilient Cities and on Child-centred Design and Planning. I joined Arup in 2017 and have been working and living in different countries in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia, with the UN (UN-Habitat, UNESCO), Development Banks (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), Local Governments (Quito/Ecuador and Maputo/Mozambique) and INGOs (CUAMM/Angola), in the sectors of urban governance, slum upgrading, urban infrastructure and municipal services, strategic urban planning, and cultural heritage led urban planning and placemaking. 

My passion lies in working with multidisciplinary teams, and using applied research and stakeholders' engagement and participation as entry point to innovation and sustainable transformation.