School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Sebastian Weise

Teacher 20/21


Sebastian is an external instructor at Newcastle's School for Architecture, Planning, and Landscape (APL). He the Founder at PlaceChangers Ltd., a firm focused on digital planning software, especially online engagement. He earned a PhD in digital innovation from Lancaster University focusing on improvement of consultation processes in local government. He is knowledgeable of bottom-up participation in urban development enabled by locative media. He works with residents, urban planners, city administration professionals, property developers, and ‘techies’ of different domains of computing. 

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Sebastian's research focuses on introducing a 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.