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Professor Michael Keith Urban Transformations Portfolio Coordinator

Michael Keith is Director of COMPAS and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme.

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Igor Calzada Researcher

Igor works on the European branch of Urban Transformations portfolio

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Paul Cowie ESRC/Future Cities Catapult Research Fellow

Paul is responsible for strengthening the inks between the Future Cities Catapult and the wider academic community.

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Andreza de Souza Santos Post-Doctoral Researcher

Andreaza is responsible for linking Newton funded ESRC cities research projects in Brazil, China, South Africa and India.

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Peter Grant Researcher

Peter is a researcher specialising in urbanisation, climate change and migration.

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Nathan Grassi Admin and Events Officer

Nathan Grassi is the COMPAS receptionist and office administrator. As part of the Communications team, he assists with event organisation and knowledge exchange activities. He is also provides support to the Urban Transformations team.

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Nicola Headlam Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow

Nicola provides research assistance to the Urban Transformations co-ordinator.

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Emma Newcombe Head of External Relations

Emma is the Head of External Relations for COMPAS and the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity.

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Nicholas Simcik Arese Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Nick is responsible for coordinating comparative aspects across the Urban Transformations international portfolio

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Contributors

Prof Owen Crankshaw

Professor Owen Crankshaw Professor of Sociology

Owen co-authored the key debate on a 2030 Policy Endorsement of a Sustainable Future: Implications for Urban Research.

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Des Fitzgerald Lecturer in Sociology

Des co-authored the key debate on the Neurosocial City

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Prof Sue Parnell

Professor Sue Parnell Urban Geographer

Sue co-authored the key debate on a 2030 Policy Endorsement of a Sustainable Future: Implications for Urban Research.

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PROFESSOR NIKOLAS ROSE

Professor Nikolas Rose Professor of Sociology and Head of Department

Nikolas co-authored the key debate on the Neurosocial City

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Grant Holders

Michele Acuto Research Director of the City Leadership Initiative

Michele Acuto is Principal Investigator of the Urban Gateways project

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Rob Atkinson Director of Urban Research

Rob Atkinson is Principal Investigator of the projects Collective Urban governance, Innovation and Creativity in the Face of Climate Change (SELFCITY) and Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment (PARCOUR). Rob is Director of Urban…

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Michael Batty Bartlett Professor of Planning (Emeritus)

Michael Batty is Principal Investigator on the RESOLUTION: REsilient Systems fOr Land Use TransportatION project

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Karen Bell Senior Research Associate

Kristen Bell is Principal Investigator of the project Fair and Inclusive Environmental/Social Transition Alternatives: Learning from the ‘Living Well’ and ‘Green Economy’ Pathways to Sustainability. Karen is Senior Research Associate at the School for Policy Studies,…

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Barbara Bompani Director of the Centre of African Studies

Barbara Bompani is Principal Investigator of the project Security at the Margins (SeaM): Spaces and Strategies for Negotiating Security in Urban South Africa. Barbara is Director of the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. Her…

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Alistair Boxall Professor in Environmental Science

Alistair Boxall is Principal Investigator of the project York City Environment Observatory: Diagnostic Phase. Alistair is Professor of Environmental Science at the Environment Department, University of York. His work specialises on the transport, disposal and impacts…

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Jonathan Bright Research Fellow

Jonathan Bright is Principal Investigator for the UrbanData2Decide project.

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Alison Brown Professor of Urban Planning and International Development

Alison Brown is Principal Investigator of the project Economic Recovery in Post-Conflict Cities: the Role of the Urban Informal Economy. Alison is Professor of Urban Planning and International Development at the School of Geography and Planning,…

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John Bryson Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography

John Bryson is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Living Pilot – From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator. John is Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography at the University of Birmingham. His work…

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Tine Buffel Research Fellow (ESRC Funded Future Leaders Scheme)

Tine Buffel is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Ageing and Social Exclusion. Tine is Research Fellow (ESRC Funded Future Leaders Scheme) at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. His research explores ageing, urbanisation,…

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Harriet Bulkeley Professor in the Department of Geography

Harriet Bulkeley is Prinicipal Investigator for the Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions: Advancing the Role of Living Labs project.

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Federico Caprotti Associate Professor in Human Geography

Federico Caprotti is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Transformation in South Africa Through Co-Designing Energy Services Provision. Federico is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. His research interests include urban environments,…

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Laurence Carmichael Senior Lecturer

Laurence Carmichael is Principal Investigator of the project Reuniting Planning and Health: Tackling the Implementation Gaps in Evidence, Governance and Knowledge. Laurence is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of…

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Vanesa Castán Broto Senior Lecturer

Vanesa is Principal Investigator of the Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes (MUEL) in the Global South project.

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Michael Chai Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Telecommunications

Michael Chai is Principal Investigator of the project IRENE: Improving the Robustness of Urban Electricity Networks. Michael is Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in Telecommunications at the School of Electric Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary…

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Paul Chatterton Professor of Urban Futures

Paul Chatterton is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Living Pilot – Leeds: Transformational Routemapping for Urban Environments (TRUE). Paul is Professor of Urban Futures in the School of Geography, University of Leeds. His work encompasses…

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Michèle Clarke Professor of Environmental Change

Michèle Clarke is Principal Investigator of the project SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net). Michèle is Professor of Environmental Change and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) Asia Pacific at the Faculty of…

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Brian Collins Professor of Engineering Policy

Brian Collins is Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) project.

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Michael Collyer Professor of Geography

Michael Collyer is Principal Investigator of the project Supporting the Social Mobility of Trapped Populations in Very Poor Urban Areas. Michael is Professor of Geography at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex. He…

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Ben Croxford Senior Lecturer

Ben Croxford is Principal Investigator on the project Cities of Making: Resources for Activating New Urban Industry through Technology, Spatial Design and Transition Governance. Ben is Senior Lecturer at University College London’s Bartlett School of Environment,…

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Jonathan Davies Professor of Critical Policy Studies

Jonathan Davies is Principal Investigator on the Collaborative Governance under Austerity: An Eight-Case Comparative Study project.

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Richard Dawson Professor of Earth Systems Engineering

Richard Dawson is Principal Investigator of the i-BUILD: Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery project.

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John Drury Reader in Social Psychology

John Drury is Principal Investigator of the project Beyond contagion: Social Identity Processes in Involuntary Social Influence. John is Reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. His works examines the role of collective action,…

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Geraint Ellis Professor

Geraint Ellis is PI of the project Healthy Urban Living and Ageing in Place: Physical Activity, Built Environment and Knowledge Exchange in Brazilian Cities (HULAP). Geraint is a Professor at the School of Planning, Architecture and…

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James Evans Professor of Human Geography

James Evans in Principal Investigator of the project Learning Loops in the Public Realm. James is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester. He specialises in issues around environmental governance, with a current focus…

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David Gann Vice-President (Development and Innovation)

David Gann is Principal Investigator for the Digital City Exchange project.

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Maria Christina Georgiadou Senior Lecturer

Maria Christina Georgiadou is Principal Investigator of the project Community-led Upgrading for Self-Reliance in South Africa: Integrated Construction and Environmental Management Systems in Informal Settlements. Maria Christina is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture…

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Kenneth Gibb Professor in Housing Economics

Kenneth Gibb is Principal Investigator of the project UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). Kenneth is Professor of Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow. His research examines the economic, financial and policy dimensions of…

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Dabo Guan Professor in Climate Change Economics

Dabo Guan is Principal Investigator of the project Euro-China GE: Dynamics of Green Growth in European and Chinese Cities (DRAGON). Dabo is Professor in Climate Change Economics at the School of International Development, University of East…

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Sophie Hadfield-Hill Lecturer in Human Geography

Sophie Hadfield-Hill is Principal Investigator of the New Urbanism in India: Urban Living, Sustainability and Everyday Life project.

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Alex Hagen-Zanker Lecturer

Alex Hagen-Zanker is Principal Investigator of the project ASTRID – Accessibility, Social justice and TRansport emission Impacts of transit-oriented Development. Alex is Lecturer at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey. He specialises…

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Suzanne Hall

Suzanne Hall Assistant Professor and Senior Research Associate

Suzanne Hall is Principal Investigator of the Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities project.

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Simona Iammarino Professor of Economic Geography

Simona Iammarino is Principal Invesigator of the project Resilient Cities: Industrial Network and Institutional Perspectives on Economic Growth and Well-being. Simona is Professor of Economic Geography and Head of Department at the Department of Geography and…

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Deljana Iossifova Lecturer in Urban Studies

Deljana Iossifova is Principal Investigator of the Strategic Network: Data and Cities and Complex Adaptive Systems (DACAS) project. Deljana is based at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester. Her work…

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Emma Jackson Lecturer

Emma Jackson is Principal Investigator of the project The Choreography of Everyday Multiculture: Bowling Together? Emma is Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths. Her work examines the intersection between identity, inequality and the production of…

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Tim Jones Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Mobility

Tim Jones is Principal Investigator of the Brazil-UK Healthy Urban Mobility (HUM) project. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Mobility at the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University. His work focuses…

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Sandra Jovchelovitch Professor of Social Psychology

Sandra Jovchelovitch is Principal Investigator of the project Resilience and Porosity of City Borders: A Psychosocial Investigation in Three Brazilian Cities. Sandra is Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the MSc in Social and Cultural…

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Peter Kraftl Chair in Human Geography

Peter Kraftl is Principal Investigator of the project (Re)Connect the Nexus: Young Brazilians’ Experiences of and Learning about Food-Water-Energy. Peter is Chair in Human Geography at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of…

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Antonia Layard Professor of Law

Antonia Layard is Principal Investigator for the Research Seminar Series on Ways of Neighbourhood Working and Knowing project.

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Loretta Lees Professor of Human Geography

Loretta Lees is Principal Investigator of the project Gentrification, Displacement, and the Impacts of Council Estate Renewal in C21st London. Loretta is Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Leicester. Her work…

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Chris Lloyd Professor of Quantitative Geography

Chris Lloyd is Principal Investigator of the project Changing Socio-spatial Inequalities: Population Change and the Lived Experience of Inequality in Urban South Africa. Chris is Professor of Quantitative Geography at the Department of Geography and Planning,…

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Alex Lord Senior Lecturer

Alex Lord is Principal Investigator on the Simulations for Innovative Mechanisms for the Self-organizing City project.

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Nick Malleson Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems

Nick Malleson is Principal Investigator of the Understanding Urban Movements through Big Data and Social Simulation project.

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Nick Manning Professor of Sociology

Nick Manning is Principal Investigator of the Mental Health, Migration and the Chinese Mega-City research project. Nick is currently based at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. Among other areas,…

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Fiona Marshall Professor of Environment and Development

Fiona Marshall is Principal Investigator of the project Resilience and Vulnerability at the Urban Nexus of Food, Water, Energy and the Environment. Fiona is Professor of Environment and Development at the Science Policy Research Unit, University…

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Stephen Marshall

Stephen Marshall Reader in Urban Morphology and Planning

Stephen Marshall is Principal Investigator of the Incubators of Public Spaces project.

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Ron Martin Professor of Economic Geography

Ron Martin is Principal Investigator of the Structural Transformation, Adaptability and City Economic Evolutions project. Ron is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge and a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research.…

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Simon Marvin Director

Simon Marvin is Principal Investigator of the project The KNOWledge Politics of ExperimentING with Smart Urbanism. Simon is Director of the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield. His research examines a wide range of issues,…

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Roger Matthews Professor of Criminology

Roger Matthews is Principal Investigator of the project The Islington Crime Survey: Thirty Years On. Roger is Professor of Criminology and Director of Studies for the MA in Criminology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology…

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Cathy McIlwaine Professor of Development Geography

Cathy McIlwaine is PI of the project Healthy, Secure and Gender Just Cities: Transnational Perspectives on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro and London. Cathy is Professor of Development Geography at King’s…

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Paula Meth Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning

Paula Meth is Principal Investigator of the project Living the Urban Periphery: Investment, Infrastructure and Economic Change in African City-Regions. Paula is Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and…

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Henry Overman Professor of Economic Geography

Henry Overman is Principal Investigator for the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth project.

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Joe Painter Professor of Geography

Joe Painter is Principal Investigator of the project The Urban Politics and Governance of Social Innovation in Austerity. Joe is Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University. His research specialises in the geographies of…

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Luke Parry Lecturer in Ecosystem Services

Luke Parry is Principal Investigator on the Predicting urban food insecurity under climate change in Brazilian Amazonia project

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Mark Pelling Professor of Geography

Mark Pelling is Principal Investigator on the Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) project

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Beth Perry Professorial Fellow

Beth Perry is Principal Investigator for the Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation project. Beth is a Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute at The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, University of…

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Roland Rathelot Assistant Professor

Roland Rathelot is Principal Investigator of the project Networks, Externalities and the Adoption of Improved Sanitation Solutions in Urban Slums. Roland is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Warwick University. His work explores segregation and…

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Jenny Robinson Professor of Geography

Jenny Robinson is Principal Investigator of the project Governing the Future City: A Comparative Analysis of Governance Innovations in Large Scale Urban Developments in Shanghai, London, Johannesburg. Jenny is Professor of Geography at University College London.…

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Gillian Rose Professor of Cultural Geography

Gillian Rose is Principal Investigator of the project Smart cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes. Gillian is Professor of Cultural Geography at the Open University. Her work specialises in visual culture and the meaning…

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PROFESSOR NIKOLAS ROSE

Nikolas Rose Professor of Sociology and Head of Department

Nikolas Rose is Principal Investigator of the A New Sociology for a New Century project

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Tatjana Schneider Senior Lecturer

Tatjana Schneider is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Education Live (UEL). Tatjana is Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. Her work spans a broad range of theoretical and practical issues relating…

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Tim Schwanen Associate Professor in Transport Studies and Human Geography

Tim Schwanen is Principal Investigator of the project DEPICT: DEsigning and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips. Tim is Associate Professor in Transport Studies and Human Geography and Director of the Transport Studies Unit,…

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Yasemin Soysal Graduate Director

Yasemin Soysal is Principal Investigator of the project “Bright Futures”: A Comparative Study of Internal and International Mobility of Chinese Higher Education Students (‘Euro-China UPC’). Yasemin is Graduate Director and Professor at the Department of Sociology,…

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Erik Swyngedouw Professor of Geography

Erik Swyngedouw is Principal Investigator of the project Turning Livelihoods to Rubbish? Assessing the Impacts of Formalization and Technologization of Waste Management on the Urban Poor. Erik is Professor Geography at the School of Environment, Education…

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Colin Taylor Professor of Earthquake Engineering

Colin Taylor is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Living Pilot – The Bristol Urban Area Diagnostics Pilot. Colin is Professor of Earthquake Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol. His research specialisation includes…

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Mark Tewdwr-Jones Professor of Town Planning

Mark Tewdyr-Jones is Principal Investigator of the project Urban Living Pilot – Newcastle and Gateshead Region. Mark is Professor of Town Planning and Director of Newcastle City Futures at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape,…

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Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah Professor of Urban Studies

Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah is Principal Investigator and Director of the Urban Big Data Centre project.

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Winnie Wang Senior Lecturer

Winnie Wang is Principal Investigator of the Impact of Urban-Rural Return Migration on Rural Development in China – with Implications for Vietnam project.

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Wong Ya Ping

Ya Ping Wang Chair of Global City Futures

Ya Ping Wang is Principal Investigator of the project The Re-Making of Chinese Urban Neighbourhoods: Socio-Spatial Transformation and Access to Public Services. Ya Ping is Chair of Global City Futures at the University of Glasgow. He…

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Vanessa Watson

Vanessa Watson Professor of City Planning

Vanessa Watson is Principal Investigator of the Governing Food Systems to Alleviate Poverty in Secondary Cities in Africa project.

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William Webster Personal Chair

William Webster is Principal Investigator of the project Smart Governance of Sustainable Cities (SmartGov). William is Personal Chair and Director of the Public Service Management MBA at the Stirling Management School, University of Stirling. His research…

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Glyn Williams Reader and Director of Doctoral Programmes

Glyn Williams is Principal Investigator of the project Developing Research Capacity for Inclusive Urban Governance: a Sheffield-Witwatersrand PhD Training Partnership. Glyn is Reader at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of Doctoral Programmes…

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Cecilia Wong Professor of Spatial Planning

Cecilia Wong is Principal Investigator of the project Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions of China. Cecilia is Professor of Spatial Planning at Manchester University. Her research has spanned housing, urban regeneration and regional development,…

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Ryan Woolrych

Ryan Woolrych Assistant Professor in Health in the Built Environment

Ryan Woolrych is Principal Investigator of the project Place-Making with Older Adults: Towards Age-Friendly Communities

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