Invited Speakers

Katharine Willis

University of Plymouth

Title: Inclusive Smart Cities

Abstract: TBA

Bio: Katharine S. Willis is Professor in Smart Cities and Communities in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth. Her approach to smart cities is focused on the community in the spaces and the need to build from the ground-up to create inclusive environments. She has published widely on the topic; she is co-author with Alex Aurigi of two key Routledge volumes on Smart Cities, and the monograph Netspaces: Space and Place in a Networked World.  She is currently working on a range of funded research projects that explore how new technologies can create ways for people and communities to engage with place, with a particular focus on social and digital inclusion.  In addition to her research, she designed and leads the Masters in Smart Urban Futures; an innovate masters that aims to train students in the design of future smart cities and communities. Katharine received her PhD from the Bauhaus University Weimar, her Masters from the Bartlett, UCL and is a qualified architect registered with ARB.