Mapping complex urban systems for sustainability and health: Kisumu regional development plan

Background: In partnership with the Wellcome Trust-funded CUSSH programme, Kisumu County, and Maseno University aimed to address historically uneven regional development and vulnerability to climate change, while seeking systemic and transformative improvements to the region’s sustainability and health.

Role: Spatial Analysis and Mapping Lead

  • Guided project team through remote spatial analysis sessions with digital collaboration tools during pandemic travel restrictions.
  • Spatially mapped accessible and multi-layered analysis to represent the region’s various natural and human opportunities and constraints.

Impact: The insights generated through Rob’s spatial analysis and mapping served as a crucial resource for the development of Kisumu’s regional plan. This helped to inform strategies for addressing uneven regional development, and vulnerability to climate change and enhanced the region’s sustainability and health.

Spotlighting best practices for city leaders: C40 Inclusive Climate Action study

Background: The C40 Cities Inclusive Climate Action programme provided a best-practice knowledge resource for city Mayors. The case study aimed to showcase actions that jointly tackle climate change and social inequities. The project’s primary research included a series of interviews with city representatives from a variety of places and socio-economic contexts.

Role: Social Research & Communications Lead

  • Rob synthesised interviews and highlighted key learnings as visually-rich stories within a guidebook designed for city leaders.
  • Following the guidebook design, communications materials of the resource were produced to be distributed via digital channels to maximise its reach and shareability.

Impact: The Inclusive Climate Action in Practice guidebook increased the impact and broadened the reach of traditionally inaccessible urban development resources. Positive client feedback described the guidebook as subsequently becoming C40’s “gold standard” for all other guidance resources for city majors.

Exploring workspace experiences: Sicilian office retrofit

Collaboration with a team of designers and architects for an office space in Sicily. Options explored two distinct experiences of the space. Both feature a core element that creates a distinct identity and provides flexible storage. Option one maximised privacy and autonomous working with an increased number of separate rooms. Option two prioritised collaborative working through generous shared spaces.