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Richard Bellingham

Richard Bellingham

Executive Director

Richard is leading development of the Institute’s City Observatory, drawing together urban data to allow cities to be seen in new ways and effective solutions to be created for urban issues. As part of the Institute, he has been European coordinator for the STEP UP EU programme a €3.7m FP7 partnership between Glasgow; Gothenburg; Riga and Ghent – involving cities, universities and commercial partners – 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.

He has over 15 years experience working in government, advising Ministers from all major political parties on a wide range of policy areas, working with national and international organisations to deliver government objectives.

Dr Robert Rogerson

Dr Robert Rogerson

Academic Director

Robert is engaged with research on sustainable communities and urban quality of life across the world, and has more than 30 years experience of working with citizens, academics and local government in placemaking. He has represented UK business and academic researchers on UK Government delegations to Brazil, China, Mexico and the US, and has been advisor to city councils in Australia and the Philippines.

In partnership with universities in England, Australia, South Africa and Brazil, Robert is co-lead of a project exploring the ‘future of the city centre’. He is currently also involved with projects on enhancing citizen participation and digital governance (Mexico), using sporting events to encourage social connectedness (UK), inclusive tourism and informal settlements (Philippines), and female entrepreneurship and shanty communities in Cairo (Egypt).

Donagh Horgan

Donagh Horgan

Project Manager

Donagh is a project manager with the Institute, where he leads projects on Smart Cities, Circular Economy and Jobs and Skills. Aside from consultancy he is also 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 pursuing a MDes in Service Design Innovation. His multidisciplinary practice sits at the crossroads of design, technology and social change. Research themes include participatory decision-making, agile planning systems and  smart civic infrastructure.

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.

Thomas Schönberger

Thomas Schönberger

PhD Researcher

Thomas is a PhD student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde. After graduating in civil engineering at the Technical University of Munich, his research focus is now on understanding and monitoring the adaptability of urban transport systems and developing strategies for a changing socio-economic context with high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This project in cooperation with the Center for Urban Science + Progress at New York University combines research in transport / mobility planning, data science as well as future foresight.

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.

As Visiting Professor in the Institute, Gordon contributes to the MSc courses and supports our international networks with city leaders.

Steven Ramage

Steven Ramage

Visiting Professor

Steven is Head of External Relations at Group of Earth Observations located in Geneva, advocating for Earth observations to help with issues, such as climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. With a wealth of experience in meaningful use of geospatial data, Steven has helped to create and run startups globally, been part of a successful Management Buy Out (MBO) team in Cambridge, UK, been on the Board of a London startup, and also worked in the non-profit sector for several years. 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.