João is a geographer and computer scientist, his research is situated within the interdisciplinary problem space that intersects urban geography, data science, information management, and science & technology studies. He works in the fields of Geographic Information Science and Global Sustainable Development. He develops innovative transdisciplinary research methods to improve our understanding of sociotechnical urban environments, particularly in the global South, with a view to produce transformations to sustainable development.
João’s trandisciplinary research approach draws on social research, geospatial data science and geocomputational methods alongside methodological innovations to enable research co-production with non-academic stakeholders. It spans wide-range research topics that include citizen digital participation, urban analytics, smart cities, crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information, decision support systems, disaster management, urban resilience, and information technology for development.