My name is Sebastian Weise. Originally from Germany, I live and work in Newcastle (UK). Here I am am both a business owner, instructor, researcher. At Newcastle University, I have had the pleasure to teach on application design and sustainable development at the School for Architecture, Planning, and Landscape. As a CEO and founder at PlaceChangers Ltd, I have developed my user interface design skills and I support campaigns for participatory planning. In recent years, this is branching out to include building systems for collaborative approaches to housing land monitoring.

I completed a PhD in Digital Innovation at Lancaster University’s Doctoral Training in Digital Innovation (“HighWire”). Much of that work focused on studying public consultations arrange by planning officers at a local administration. From this, I lived up my interest in city development and the means to be involved in shaping places for the future. During my time working with planners, a particular passion for geographic representation, social media, and data-drive systems arose. Then and now, much of my work involves residents, urban planners, city administration professionals, house builders, and ‘techies’.

For info, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Innovation (“HighWire”) was a £5m collaboration between Lancaster University’s Management School, the Design School, and the School of Computing. The centre’s mission was to “create innovative people for radical change in the digital economy”, fit to contribute to the challenges and opportunities from digitalisation in society. Lancaster University has ranked as a top-10 university in the UK,  and recently won University of the Year awards from the Times and Sunday Times.

Thanks and kind regards,

Sebastian Weise (PhD)