I am recruiting a PhD student to conduct a study on smart urbanisation. The four-year post will focus on the political and spatial aspects of smart as it is being implemented in various Northern European cities. The position is based at Urban and Regional Studies at KTH campus. More information on the position is here: https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/lediga-jobb/what:job/jobID:137107/where:4/ […]
Congratulations to Mahmoud Elwerfalli for passing his PhD viva today at the University of Manchester! I was honoured to supervise his thesis on ‘Learning from the Vernacular: Sustainable Architecture and Contemporary Courtyard Housing in Libya’. In his research, Mahmoud produced novel insights about contemporary notions of sustainable development and historical building practices in Libya. The courtyard house is now reemerging as a […]
My colleague Peter Brokking and I visited Nacka today with 50 Master’s students for our course on ‘Urban Development and Planning’. This Stockholm suburb will change rapidly over the next few decades as the subway system is extended by three stops. The students will use the Nacka case study to develop planning visions and urban designs over the […]
The December issue of Nordregio News includes an interview with me by Peter Schmitt. We discussed the implications of ‘Experiments and Living Labs’ and how they are attempting to steer urban development through co-creation activities. The interview is here (PDF link). Thank to Peter for the opportunity!
Congratulations to my PhD student, Kelly Watson, for successfully passing her viva with no corrections. Her doctoral research on ‘Learning Loops in Sustainable Design: Applying Social Return On Investment (SROI) to Buildings’ involved the development of a novel approach to assess the social value of architectural design. The work contributes to the growing wellbeing agenda of […]
Stockholm syndrome strikes! After seven years in Manchester, it is high time for new challenges. I just started a new position in KTH Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and am looking forward to new collaborations with Jonathan Metzger, Karin Bradley, Tigran Haas and many others. I will continue to conduct […]
I contributed to a new Cambridge University Press edited volume titled Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change: Devices, Desires and Dissent. The book is edited by Harriet Bulkeley, Matthew Paterson, and Johannes Stripple, and includes case studies from the US, Europe and Australia on different modes of low-carbon transition. More info here.