School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Alexander Wilson

Research Assistant


I am a research assistant within the EPSRC Digital Economy Research Centre sitting between School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape and Open Lab. I have degrees in both town planning and computing, and recently finished my PhD (within EPSRC the Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics) that explored how technology can create the means for an open dialogue around place, and how through these technologies, more meaningful discussions can happen about the future of cities.

My projects include: ChangeExplorer, a smart watch application to support citizen feedback, to investigate the extent to which digital wearables can support in-situ participation with planning proposals; and JigsAudio, a tangible situated device that was developed and deployed nationally and internationally with over 1,500 people to encourage expressive and creative discussion of places through drawing and talking. 

My research sits at the intersection of digital technology, design, human–computer interaction and town planning, with a focus on alternative and enhanced tools and methods for participation in planning. These tools and methods include pervasive and wearable computing systems, alongside audio, visual and social media in novel interactive systems. Through this I explore how technologies can be designed, developed and evaluated within real world settings, with the aim of understanding the implications of these for citizen engagement and planning practice.