Citizens Collective

Centre for Urban Science & Policy, TU Delft


The Citizens Collective is organised by the Centre for Urban Science & Policy at TU Delft.

Juliana Gonçalves

Postdoc, TU Delft

I am a postdoc researcher in the section of Policy Analysis at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. I am also part of the Centre for Urban Science and Policy and the TPM AI Lab.

My research is motivated by the ongoing transformation of urban systems driven by climate change. Mitigating and adapting to climate change requires the implementation of urban interventions of different types and scales: new green and blue infrastructure, energy transition, building renovations, construction and renovation of transportation networks, etc. These urban interventions affect the livelihoods of peoples and communities in multiple ways, from daily disruptions to long-term infrastructure lock-ins that perpetuate inequality across the city. I am interested in how urban interventions affect people in relation to existing inequalities and in the role of space in creating, shaping, and reinforcing inequalities. My overarching goal is to understand the socio-spatial dimension of the urban environment to support the design and planning of urban interventions.

I do what I most like: I collaborate with people across different disciplines and sectors to develop solutions for a sustainable society. In order to solve the challenges we face today, I am betting on unconventional and diverse collaborations. Why? Because finding solutions that leave no one behind requires the integration of complex systems. Housing, energy, food, waste, transportation, water. When it comes to climate change (justice!), understanding the whole system becomes an even greater challenge. I believe that diversity and transdisciplinary collaboration are key to tackling this challenge.

I am an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management in Delft University of Technology. I lead the Centre for Urban Science and Policy research group at the department of Multi-Actor Systems. I am also serving the TPM AI Lab and an active member of the Dutch Network Science community.

My research focuses on tackling the challenges of urbanisation in an equitable and just manner. I am particularly interested in understanding the processes that drive and shape urbanization and inequalities from a computational perspective. I focus on using methods in spatial data science, complex network analyses and participatory mapping to develop computational tools for advancing the theories and practices of urban science.

I also instruct on remote expeditions for National Geographic where high school students have the opportunity to learn about conservation, anthropology, engineering and policy. Previously, I helped build a media and technology startup dedicated to the cause of making this planet a healthier place through authentic journalism and data science at The Outdoor Journal.