About me


My name is Sebastian Weise. Originally from Germany, I live and work in Newcastle (UK). Here I am a business owner and lecturer. As a founder at PlaceChangers Ltd, I have supported a range of public consultations and lead the development of a public engagement platform. At Newcastle University, I teach subjects such as application design and digital innovation at the School for Architecture, Planning, and Landscape.

I have a PhD in Digital Innovation from Lancaster University’s Doctoral Training in Digital Innovation (“HighWire”). Much of the work in Lancaster focused on studying public consultations arrange by planning officers at a local administration. From this, I got my deep interest in city planning practices and tools that help the public shape places for the future. I have a passion for maps and interactive systems that support interactive planning. More recently this also involves work on BIM. Then and now, much of my work involves residents, developers, and urban planners.

For info, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Innovation (“HighWire”) was a £5m collaboration between Lancaster University’s Management School, the ImaginationLancaster (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,

Dr. Sebastian Weise