I am an Assistant Professor on Regional Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystems, working at the intersection between the section of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) and the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS).
Building on my design background, practice-based research, and experience with creative forms of engagement, I will contribute to innovative teaching and research on sustainable innovations that bring together different forms of knowledge and expertise, and cross the traditional boundaries of the 'urban' and the 'rural'. I will do this through the development of conceptual, methodological and pedagogical frameworks that focus on transdisciplinary knowledge coproduction and transformations towards sustainable futures. In particular, I will explore the potential of challenge based education and citizen science to stimulate participation in imagining and shaping inclusive, socially and environmentally just (rurban) futures.
I originally studied and practised architecture (Dublin), and briefly worked as an urban planner (London). My interest in urbanisation process and issues of sustainability led me onto a research path. I obtained a PhD in sustainable development, focused on urban mobility practices, at Trinity College Dublin. This was complemented by postdoctoral research expertise in community-led urban resilience (University of Sheffield) and creative forms of civic engagement in smart cities (Utrecht University).