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
Professor João Porto de Albuquerque is Director of the Institute of Global Sustainable Development. 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 is situated within an interdisciplinary problem space that intersects urban geography, data science, information management, and science & technology studies. He works in the fields of Digital Geography, Geographic Information Science and Global Sustainable Development. He develops innovative transdisciplinary research methods to improve our understanding of sociotechnical urban environments, particularly in the global South, with a view to produce transformations to sustainable development. His interests span wide-range research topics that include GIS, citizen science, urban analytics, smart cities, crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information, decision support systems, disaster studies, urban resilience, and information technology for development.
Professor Porto de Albuquerque is currently leading a research programme on how to empower vulnerable and deprived communities in the global South to produce citizen-generated data and improve resilience to health and environmental risks. He has secured competitive research funds for his research in excess of £8.5m (£2.5m as PI) from diverse national and international funding bodies (e.g. Global Challenges Research Fund, ESRC, EPSRC, Belmont Forum, NIHR, FAPESP, CAPES) in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners in several countries, including Brazil, Bangladesh, Colombia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the United States.