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Core Team

Richard Bellingham

Richard Bellingham

Director

The Institute’s Director Richard Bellingham is leading development of the new City Observatory; drawing together urban data to allow cities to be seen in new ways and effective solutions to be created for urban issues. He is also European coordinator for the STEP UP EU programme – working with cities across Europe to create integrated urban sustainability plans. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Economic Research Institute, specialising in energy policy and sustainable cities. Richard previously held a range of senior posts in Scottish Government including Head of Energy Policy, Head of Digital Inclusion, Head of E-government policy, and Head of Corporate ICT strategy.

Dr Robert Rogerson

Dr Robert Rogerson

Deputy Director

Human Geographer Robert has led research programmes on sustainable communities and urban quality of life, including projects on local visualisations of sustainable futures, design in innovation and heritage, and urban regeneration. He currently is involved with an ESRC Transformative Grant on predictive crime and data analytics and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy team.

Janette Hughes

Janette Hughes

City Observatory Project Manager

Janette has over 15 years’ experience in development, management and consulting roles relating to IT and Innovation, and how this can lead to transformational opportunities. Her expertise covers design, innovation, economic development and programme management over a range of sectors.

Madeleine Rooney

Madeleine Rooney

Research & Development Manager

Madeleine has 13 years’ experience in the University of Strathclyde central research office, providing strategic support and guidance to colleagues across the University in developing research proposals and securing external funding. She has responsibility for research and knowledge exchange development for the Future Cities theme.

Ifeoluwa Garba

Ifeoluwa Garba

PhD Researcher

Ifeoluwa Garba is a Ph.D. student at the Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT)
for wind and marine energy systems engineering, University of Strathclyde.
Her current research is investigating the impact of optimised energy policy
on sustainable developments in developing countries. Her research interests
include energy, sustainable development, international policy as well as development economics.

Donagh Horgan

Donagh Horgan

PhD Researcher

Donagh is a PhD student at the Department of Architecture, where his focus is on Social Innovation systems for building resilient communities. Trained as an architect, he worked as an urban planner internationally before leaving the profession to pursue a MDes in service design. His multidisciplinary practice sits at the crossroads of design, technology and social change. Engagement-led, he works on live projects with a diverse set of cross-sector partners. His research includes themes such as circular economy, participatory planning and future systems and smart civic infrastructure.

Prof Des Higham

Prof Des Higham

Mathematician

Des is the Chair of Numerical Analysis at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests revolve around the design and evaluation of computational methods. He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2011 and currently holds a five year Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC/Digital Economy Theme for the project Data Analytics for Future Cities.

Gordon Matheson CBE

Gordon Matheson CBE

Visiting Professor

Gordon was Leader of Glasgow City Council from 2010-2015. During his tenure he led the city through the 2014 Commonwealth Games,  negotiated Scotland’s first City Deal and secured Glasgow’s membership of the UK Core Cities Group and the Rockefeller Resilient Cities global network. Gordon is a graduate of Strathclyde and Glasgow universities, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Steven Ramage

Steven Ramage

Visiting Professor

Steven is a Director at what3words. In the past he’s worked for Oceonics (Fugro), Navteq (Nokia HERE), 1Spatial, OGC and Ordnance Survey. He’s a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the OGC Global Advisory Council.

Dr Igor Calzada

Dr Igor Calzada

Tutor, Msc Global Sustainable Cities course.

Igor lectures on our MSc in Global Sustainable Cities about Global Cities & Public Policy and Governance & Strategic Change in Cities. In addition, he is a research fellow and policy adviser at the University of Oxford for the Programme for the Future of Cities, COMPAS