In the fourth episode, Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla, social and political science advocate speaks with Rachel Cooper OBE, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University about important factors for the wellbeing of cities. They also discuss the quality of data, GIS data, and the role of data-knowledge-action for urban systems in policy-making.
Abdalhadi Alijla is a social and political scientist and science advocate. He is the recipient of the 2021 International Political Science Association Global South Award. Alijla is the Co-Leader of Global Migration and Human Rights at Global Young Academy. He is a co-founder of Palestine Young Academy in 2020. He is an Associate Researcher and the Regional Manager of Varieties of Democracy Institute (Gothenburg University) for Gulf countries. He is a Post-doctoral fellow at the Orient Institute in Beirut (OIB). Since 2021, he is an associate fellow within SEPAD, sectarianism, proxies and de-sectorisation at Lancaster University. Since April 2018, He also serves as an Associate Research Fellow at the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Abdalhadi has a PhD in political studies from the State University of Milan and an M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany. He has been granted several awards and scholarships, including DAAD (2009), RLC Junior Scientist (2010), UNIMI (2012), ICCROM (2010), Saud AL-Babtin(2002) among others.
Rachel Cooper OBE is a Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is founding Director of ImaginationLancaster, http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. Her research interests cover design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books, 'Designing Sustainable Cities', 'The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment and ‘Living in Digital Worlds; designing the digital public space’. She has attracted over £25m in research funding in the past 10 years, much of which has focused on the future of cities and human and planetary wellbeing. Professor Cooper has undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations. She was a Lead Expert for the UK Government Foresight Programme on the Future of Cities (2013-2016), was on the UK Academy of Medical Sciences Working group addressing ‘The Health of the Public 2040’ (2015-16) and is a currently a Chair of the UK Prevention Research Partnership, Scientific Advisory Board.
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