Working Group 3: Member

Institution: University of Westminster

Interest and/or practice of interdisciplinarity: 

Urban planner and PhD in Urban and Regional Economics, is Senior Lecturer in Planning at the University of Westminster and Course Leader of the new interdisciplinary UG Programme ‘Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture. Prior to that he has lived in China for 6 years: he has been Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Co-Director of the Research Institute of Urbanization at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He is interested in interdisciplinary planning education and in studying the nexus between teaching and participatory action-research to achieve local sustainability. For this reason, he has coordinated several intensive workshops mainly in the Yangtze region since 2012. His research is mainly focused on urban conservation and creative/innovative patterns of local development. He is one of the lead contributors of the forthcoming UNESCO Global Report ‘Culture for Sustainable Urban Development’ for the UN-HABITAT III Conference in Quito (October, 2016) and the Editor of the new Routledge book series ‘Planning, Heritage and Sustainability’.