Keynote Speakers

Simin Davoudi

Professor Simin Davoudi holds the Chair of Town Planning and is co-Director of the Newcastle University Centre for Researching Cities. She is former President of the Association of European Schools of Planning and Fellow of: The Royal Town Planning Institute, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. She has held visiting professorships at universities in the USA (Virginia Tech), Netherlands (Amsterdam & Nijmegen), Sweden (BTH), Australia (RMIT) and Finland (Tampere. Simin has served as expert advisor for several UK government departments, EU directorate generals, research councils in the UK and other European countries, planning schools and international research projects. Her research centres on governance processes and the intersection between power- knowledge and justice and democracy in relation to: cities, spatial planning, environmental governance, urban and climate resilience, spatial imaginaries, and civil societies.  Selected books include: Hope Under Neoliberal Austerity (2021 Policy Press), The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning (2019), The Resilience Machine (2018, Routledge), Justice and Fairness in the City (2016 Policy Press), Reconsidering Localism (2015 Routledge) and Conceptions of Space and Place (2009 Routledge). Her most recent paper is: From Post-Political to Authoritarian Planning in England, a Crisis of Legitimacy, Transactions of IBG 2022 .  You can find more about Simin here: Profile   

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980's. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.

Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Acting as a critical friend he works closely with decision makers and local leaders in the short and longer term.. He stimulates, facilitates and inspires so cities can transform for the better. He helps find apt and original solutions to seemingly intractable dilemmas, such as marrying, social creativity, innovation and tradition, or balancing wealth creation and social cohesiveness, or local distinctiveness and a global orientation. His overall aim is to help cities get onto the global radar screen.

Erik Swyngedouw

Professor Swyngedouw is a recognized leading international expert in environment-society relationships and the analysis of the capitalist space economy, with an emphasis on socio-environmental conflict, water politics, political economic crisis and urban political movements. He is author of "Social Power and the Urbanization of Water" (Oxford University Press, 2004). He also co-edited "In the Nature of Cities" (Routlede, 20006). He recently co-edited (with Japhy Willson) The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spectres of Radical Politics Today (Edinburg University Press, 2014). His new book with MIT-Press, Liquid Power, focuses on water and social power in 20th century Spain and was published in April 2015.

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen 

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.
He led the TAPAS (active transportation and health) and PHENOTYPE (green space and health) studies and participates in the ESCAPE (air pollution and health), HELIX (exposome and health), EXPOsOMICs (exposome and health) and PASTA (active transportation and health) studies.
He currently participates in the iMAP (Urban environment and cognition), BlueHealth (Bluespace and health), Lifecycle (Birth cohorts) and CitiesHealth (Citizen science and health) studies.
He has edited three books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and one on Integrating human health into Urban and Transport planning, one on Transportation and Health and has co-authored more than 450 papers published in peer reviewed journals and 35 book chapters.
In 2018, he was awarded the ISEE John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology.   In both 2018 and 2019, he was among the 1% most cited scientists in the world.

Philippe Rahm
Philippe Rahm (born in 1967) is a swiss architect, principal in the office of "Philippe Rahm architectes", based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. He has taught architecture design at the GSD, Harvard University, USA, from 2014 to 2016. In 2002, Mr. Rahm was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice, and was one of the 25 Manifesto's Architects of Aaron Betsky's 2008 Architectural Venice Biennale. He participates in 2017 at the Architecture Biennales of Chicago and Seoul. His recent work includes the first prize for the Farini competition in Milan in 2019, a masterplan for a 62 hectares new district and a 15 hectares park, the First Prize in 2011 for the 70 hectares Taichung Gateway Park (Jade Eco Park / Central Park) in Taiwan, completed in 2018, the First Prize for the 1800 m2 Agora of the French National Radio in Paris, a 2700 m2 Exhibition architecture for the Luma Foundation in Arles, France.

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