Director of the Institute of Global Sustainable Development
J dot Porto at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44(0)24 765 72516
R2.12, Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
João Porto de Albuquerque is Professor and Director of the Institute of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, and a research affiliate in the Human-Centric Computing group of Warwick's Department of Computer Science. He is Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute, and co-directs the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities, for which he acts as Warwick lead of the Centre for Urban Science and Progress London, a partnership with King's College London in cooperation with the Centre for Urban Science and Progress in New York University.
Professor Porto de Albuquerque is a geographer and computer scientist with an interdisciplinary background. His research adopts a transdisciplinary approach to digital geographies and geographic information science, intersecting urban data science, information management and development studies. His approach is underpinned by the investigation of new methods that bridge critical and geo-computational perspectives to include marginalised voices in the generation, circulation and usage of data, with the goal of enabling transformations to urban sustainability and climate resilience. His transdisciplinary research on socio-ecological-technical urban systems not only emphasises cross-border collaboration between the (environmental) sciences, social sciences and humanities; it also goes beyond academic disciplines to engage in co-production and participatory research with non-academic societal/indigenous stakeholders.
Professor Porto de Albuquerque is currently leading a research programme centred around the empowerment of vulnerable and deprived communities with citizen-generated data to improve resilience to health and environmental risks. He has secured competitive research funds for his research in excess of £3.8m as PI (£13m as Co-I) from diverse national and international funding bodies (e.g. Global Challenges Research Fund, Leverhulme Trust, ESRC, EPSRC, Belmont Forum, NIHR, EU H2020, FAPESP, CAPES) in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners in several countries, including Australia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the United States. His interests span wide-range research topics that include participatory GIS, spatial data science, citizen science, critical data studies, urban analytics, smart cities, crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information, decision support systems, disaster studies, and information technology for development.