Richard Laing

Edited on 11/04/2024

Richard Laing

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Availability :
Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

Validated Expert info

Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

  1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
  2. Thematic expertise:
    > Strategic Urban Planning
  3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Monitoring and evaluation for effective implementation
    > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions



I am Professor of Urban Collaboration at Northumbria University.

Over the past two decades, I have developed extensive knowledge and experience of key emerging issues facing our society, including the advent of smart city technology (at both EU and local levels), sustainable urbanism, digitisation of working practices, and innovation within the built environment. This has been enabled through work concerning urban design, mobility, participation and digital visualisation.

I have also developed skills to encourage inclusive discussion and debate, working to ensure that all ideas and voices are heard (including these recent examples in Copenhagen and Aberdeen).

Within URBACT, I would welcome the opportunity to work with networks, projects and initiatives, and to help guide their activities through the processes of ideas generation, discussion, refinement and application. 

Further information about me and my applied research can be found here.

Over the past decade, I have had experience working in many areas relevant to URBACT including sustainable mobility (Interreg CARE North), healthy cities (H2020 URBANOME), sustainable port cities (Civitas PORTIS) and people-centred application of smart technologies and mobilities (Interreg PAV and Art-Forum).

The outcomes of my work can be seen through an extensive publication record (over 100 papers), over £3.5M of external grant income, and, the supervision and examination of research degrees. These represent experiences borne of many years of effort, collaboration and activity, and which guide much of my current work concerning urbanism and emerging technologies.

The success of projects, and especially those related to cities and sustainability, relies on open and creative discussion, informed and inclusive decision-making, and being able to identify and understand both failure and success. I look forward to bringing my experience and communication skills to URBACT during the programme.