Nordic Geographers Meeting in Stockholm

I attended the Nordic Geographers Meeting in Stockholm and co-organised three sessions on ‘Smart for Whom?’ with Federico Cugurullo. Thanks to following contributors for their insightful presentations: The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities: A Global Comparative Research Agenda,
Byron Miller Doing smart governance: an assemblage approach, Matthew Cook and Simon Joss Understanding Smart City […]

Luxembourg lecture on Urban Experiments

I delivered a lecture at the University of Luxembourg on ‘Urban Experiments: The Politics of Measuring, Assessing, and Scaling’ as part of a public lecture series on ‘Science and Citizens meet Challenges of Sustainability’. I also hosted a workshop with Master’s students that are earning a Certificate in Sustainable Development and Social Innovation. Good stuff! Thank […]

AAG Annual Meeting in Boston

I attended the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Boston and participated in a number of sessions. Federico Cugurullo and I co-organised two paper sessions on the theme of ‘Situating Smart: Spatial and Material Politics of Smart Urbanisation’ and I organised a panel discussion on The Experimental City. On the way to […]

Guest critic at UCL Bartlett

Thanks to Catalina Turcu at UCL for the invitation to serve as a guest critic for the final presentations for her Sustainable Urbanism students. It was a pleasure to attend the research team presentations and discuss innovative ways to make Nacka (a suburb of Stockholm) a more liveable and vibrant place. Bravo!

PhD Studentship in Smart Urbanization

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: […]

Mahmoud Elwerfalli earns PhD with study on vernacular sustainable housing in Libya

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 […]