Keynote Speaker
Unveiling inequalities with urban analytics and modelling

Prof. Dr. Joana Barros
Department of Geography, Birkbeck University of London

Urban inequalities are one of the greatest challenges in cities around the world. Identifying, quantifying and mapping inequalities are paramount for the understanding of their dynamics and the development of policies to both prevent and combat them. The lecture will give an overview of a series of research projects that use geotechnologies, in particular urban analytics and modelling to study urban inequalities, with examples of studies in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Cape Town (South Africa) and London (UK).

Joana Barros is an urban planner and geographic information scientist interested in applying geographic information data, tools and technologies to improve the understanding of urban inequalities and promote social justice. While her research has mainly focused on urban issues in Latin American and more particularly Brazilian cities, her research interests also include other cities in the Global South as well as comparative studies with cities in the Global North. The main themes of her research are: segregation, urban growth and change, informal settlements, and transport. She is committed to applying geospatial data and geotechnologies to improve our understanding of social inequalities in urban space as well as to develop tools that both inform and guide practitioners in the development of urban policies and interventions. Joana holds a PhD in Planning Studies from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London (UCL), a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil, and a professional degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) in Brazil.