Professor of Human Geography & Head of Urban
University of Manchester & Triangulum
James Evans is a Professor in Geography whose research explores how cities learn to become smarter and more sustainable. He has published widely on urban environmental governance, with over 30 peer-reviewed papers and two authored books in the field and has held fellowships at UCLA and the Volkwagen Institute. His current research explores the role living labs are playing in achieving smart and sustainable urban development, and he is leading the University’s involvement in Triangulum, a five-year Horizon 2020 project to establish smart districts across Europe. He is committed to developing innovative and interdisciplinary action research styles, establishing and directing the University Living Lab and the Manchester Cycling Lab, and has worked with a range of external organisations, including the United Nations, Arup and a range of national and local governments. Since 2014 he has been a Formas Guest Researcher at Lund University leading research on urban labs.
2:05 pm - 2:50 am
Panel: Building the Smart City
Theatre: Local Infrastructure
Finding ways to finance urban transformation, and the role of public private partnerships for local economic development. The future of Urban mobility in the age of self-driving vehicles, and new business models disrupting mobility. Other themes include:
- Clean Tech – Sustainable applications
- What is the day to day impact of AI?
- Safer future cities: We consider the challenges and vulnerabilities more connected cities are exposed to and what steps can be taken to combat this?
- Challenges and benefits of working with multiple-stakeholders: Discover new and Innovative ways of collaboration
- Data analysis and Urban Planning