Jour 1 – Professor Michael Batty

Prof. Mike Batty

Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London

Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) and The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). Both books won the Alonso Prize of the North American Regional Science Association. His most recent book Inventing Future Cities was published by MIT Press in late 2018.  His blogs cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at

Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean of the School of Environmental Design at the University of Wales at Cardiff from 1979 to 1990 and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1990 to 1995. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud. In 2015 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. In 2016, he received the Senior Scholar Award of the Complex Systems Society and the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute. In 2018, he was awarded the Waldo Tobler prize for GI Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and in 2019, he was elected as a Fellow of the Regional Science Association.

Jour 2 – Steve DeRoy

Director and past president of the Firelight Group (

Steve is Anishinabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba, Canada. Since 1998, he has worked as a researcher and professional cartographer/GIS specialist, primarily with Indigenous groups throughout North America. He provides project management, senior advisory and technical support for traditional knowledge and use studies; social, economic and health studies; land use planning; treaty land entitlement; and natural resource management.

Steve founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop ( and is a board member of the West Coast Environmental Law Association, a moderator of the Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies, a moderator of the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Agriculture (UAV4AG), and a co-moderator of the Aboriginal Mapping Network. Steve’s experience and deep knowledge of the importance of mapping and land-based information for Canada’s Indigenous peoples will bring new perspectives on these issues for attendees.

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