Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. We discuss her work, stakeholder collaboration, smart cities, inclusive cities, what she would change if she had a magic wand and her vision for cities in 2040.
Her definition of a Smart City
How she would get us to inclusive cities if she was president
What she would change if she had a magic wand
Her vision of cities in 2040
Advice for students
About Geci Karuri-Sebina
Geci is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place, and technological change, focusing on the global south. She is an Associate with South African Cities Network; an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities; a Research Fellow at the Wits School of Governance; a global faculty member of Singularity University; and a curator in The Emergence Network. She is also involved in writing and editorial roles for a few international futures, innovation, and planning publications.
She holds Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Sociology (Coe), Masters degrees in Architecture & Urban Design and Urban Planning (UCLA), and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning / Innovation Systems Studies (Wits)
Previously, Geci worked with various government and science council entities including South African Cities Network, National Treasury, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and the UCLA Advanced Policy Institute. Geci also served as a panelist on the Ministerial Task Team on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an expert advisor on the Presidential Task Team on Land Reform, the South African Council of Planners (SACPLAN), and the Johannesburg Development Agency board.
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