Your expert facilitator Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar
Tan Yigitcanlar is an eminent Australian researcher with international recognition, reputation, and impact on policy, practice, and society. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training, and capacity building programs in the field of urban studies and planning in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Finnish, Japanese, and Turkish universities. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Along with this post, he also carries out an Honorary Professor role at the School of Technology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, and the Founding Director position of the Australia-Brazil Smart City Research and Practice Network. His research aims to address contemporary urban planning and development challenges—that are economic, societal, spatial, governance, or technology related in nature. The main foci of his research interests, within the broad field of urban studies and planning, are clustered around the following three interdisciplinary themes: (a) Smart technologies, communities, cities, and urbanism; (b) Knowledge-based development of cities, and urban innovation districts, and; (c) Sustainable and resilient cities, communities, and urban ecosystems. He carries out senior editorial roles in 15 leading academic journals of the field, and a book series on smart cities. He organised 12 international academic conferences across the globe, delivered over 50 keynote talks, and disseminated his research findings extensively in well over 500 publications—including 13 books, and over 160 high-impact journal articles. His published research is cited about 9,000 times. Further information is available from https://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/tan.yigitcanlar.