School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Sebastian Weise

Lecturer in Digital Civics


Sebastian is lecturer in Digital Civics at Newcastle's School for Architecture, Planning, and Landscape (APL). He completed his PhD (subject to viva voce) from Lancaster University at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Innovation (“HighWire”) at Lancaster University. He is knowledgeable of bottom-up participation in urban development enabled by the many new online platforms, particular geospatial platforms, that have emerged in recent years. He has undertaken several in-depth information systems analysis and worked with residents, urban planners, city administration professionals, property developers, and ‘techies’ of different domains of computing. He has presented my ideas on the role of digital infrastructures for large-scale participation at different events in the UK, USA, and Denmark. Last but not least, Sebastian is a pragmatist.


Sebastian's research focuses on the spatial dimensions to participation in urban planning. He is interested in the methods and techniques to design participatory and collaborative processes in planning that are supported by a spatial component, for example, through non-digital (such as mapping workshops) and digital means (such as aided by geospatial technologies). Practices where his research will be applicable are activities involved in informing and detailing neighbourhood plans and more broadly any plan of action that has a link to physical space. 


Sebastian is in the processes of preparing a digital civics module for undergraduate courses delivered in academic year 2016/17 and onwards.