Donagh Horgan
  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I joined WEO following completion of doctoral studies at the Department of Architecture on Social Innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities, looking at how networked place-based innovation impacts on resilience and inclusive growth. Trained as an architect, urban planner and service designer I consulted for several years on spatial and business transformation before returning to academia. I use skills in design thinking to facilitate multi-disciplinary dialogue with diverse groups of stakeholders and communities. I have consulted for Strathclyde’s Institute for Future Cities (IFC), helping to drive innovative collaboration to improve the quality of life for citizens worldwide in areas such as smart cities, circular economy and evidence-based policymaking. I have experience working with communities in Russia, Brazil, Egypt and the Philippines. My primary role is working on the SMARTDEST project, seeking to generate insights on overtourism and the impact on inclusive growth. Both my doctoral research and experience demonstrate my commitment to collaboration and knowledge exchange between disciplines. I co-lead the university’s subtheme on Socially Progressive Innovation and Enterprise, and I am excited to bring new perspectives to the school and department, addressing knowledge gaps where possible around the intersection of place, employment and enterprise.

Expertise & Capabilities

Placemaking and spatial innovation; tourism and sustainable development; architecture, design and planning; public service innovation and policy design; participatory production and co-design; design thinking and workshop facilitation; future commons and insurgent activism; cultural context and narrative in space; language.


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