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Leadership of Urban Digital Innovation for Public Value


LeadUP is backed by research 

LeadUP is underpinned by research findings from the Digital Cities for Change (DC2) research programme, in particular the competency framework and international case studies. The DC2 research has been ongoing at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) for over 5 years, delivering outputs for the transformation of knowledge and practice in the creation of connected palces through digitalisation. 

Research outputs and activities informing the development of LeadUP include:

  • Peer reviewed academic journal and conference publications
  • Validated competency framework
  • International conference presentations
  • International workshops

LeadUP holds practical relevance

The module contents, delivery format, and assessment methods of the course have been shaped through wide-ranging consultation with built environment postgraduate student cohorts, business executives, senior built environment professionals and experienced city managers, academics, policymakers, and representatives of global and multilateral agencies involved in urban digitalisation projects.

The curriculum has therefore benefitted from representatives from:

  • (Emeritus) Professors from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford
  • UK Digital Task Force for Planning 
  • UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development
  • Digital Transformation Unit, Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership
  • The Ove Arup Foundation & Arup
  • Greater London Authority
  • Digital Hub of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • International cohort of City Managers & Academics (UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Canada)
  • UK Construction Industry Council

Staff Profiles

Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE, FICE

Course Director

Director, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. 

Principal Investigator, Digital Cities for Change

She is passionate about changing the way the sector views data, to become a vital asset in its own right, and as a tool for tackling the key challenges facing us, including climate change, resource constraint and resilience. She leads the Digital Cities for Change (DC2) programme at CSIC. She is a member of the UK’s Infrastructure Client Group’s Digital Transformation Task group (DTTG) and was lead author for the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment.

Dr Li Wan

Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Development

Director, MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration, Department of Land Economy. 

Co-Investigator, Digital Cities for Change

He is interested in spatial economic modelling of urban land use and transport. He is the director for the MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration. He is a co-investigator of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. His research interests include exploring a socio-technical approach for developing novel digital tools (e.g. city digital twins, urban system models) for city planning and examining the role of micro-mobility and governance in facilitating the transition towards low-carbon transport.

Dr Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong

Senior Research & Teaching Associate in Urban Systems and Infrastructure Management

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.  

He is insterested in the mutually shaping relationships involving technological innovations, projects, orgaisations and the creation and management of the built environment through social cosntructivist lenses. Currently, he conducts research into leading urban digital innovations for delivering public value. Kwadwo’s research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Project Management, Sustainable Cities and Society, Construction Management and Economics, Construction Innovation and the Journal of Urban Management.

Dr Viviana Bastidas

Research Associate in Urban Systems and Infrastructure Management

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. 

She works on the Digital Cities for Change (DC2) project which aims to deepen understanding of how city data can improve planning, management, and the delivery of public services. Her career interests are in the intersection of business and Information Technologies in the context of socio-technical models to support the planning and governance of complex systems. Viviana’s research has been published in high-quality journals in the domains of Urban Management, Urban Technology, Business and Information Systems Engineering, Digital Transformation, and the Internet of Things.

Contact details

For general enquiries on administrative matters, please email: 

For specific enquiries about course content, please email:

Civil Engineering Building

University of Cambridge
Department of Engineering
Civil Engineering Building
JJ Thomson Avenue 7a
United Kingdom

Tel  +44 (0)1223 332603

Most of the residential course teaching takes place in the West Cambridge site Engineering Department at the Civil Engineering site, mailing address as above. Visitors should report to the reception at the Civil Engineering building.

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