The digital turn in planning: Promises and pitfalls

with Ian Babelon

8 Aug 2023 | Urban Planning

In this episode, we explore planning technologies and their impact on planning systems. Ian Babelon (Northumbria University, UK) discusses the promises and challenges of digital technology and data-driven decision-making in public participation. The focus of this conversation is Britain's planning systems. We examine the adoption of digital tools and present a conceptual model for smart engagement.

Episode based on the article

Phygitally Smarter? A Critically Pragmatic Agenda for Smarter Engagement in British Planning and Beyond
By James Charlton, Ian Babelon, Richard Watson, and Caitlin Hafferty
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About the Speaker

Ian Babelon is a research fellow at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK). His research, consultancy, and blogging experience includes participatory planning, low-carbon housing retrofits, and digital transformation across the built environment. His doctoral dissertation investigated the use of digital participatory platforms in urban planning from an international perspective. He also works as a UX researcher.