Alessandro Aurigi is Professor of Urban Design and Associate Dean at the University of Plymouth. Alex has previously worked at Newcastle University and at the Bartlett School of Planning and CASA, University College London (UK) His research focuses on the relationships between our digital society and the ways we conceive, design, and manage urban space, to enhance and support place quality. Alex has published a series of books on the topic. Shaping Smart for Better Cities (Elsevier, with Nacy Odendaal); Digital and Smart Cities and the Routledge Companion to Smart Cities (Routledge, with Katharine Willis); Augmented Urban Spaces (Ashgate, with Fiorella De Cindio), and Making the Digital City (Ashgate). He is a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).