SaraBiscaya

  • Lecturer in Architecture - University of Salford

Research interests

Dr. Biscaya has twenty years of experience as an architect and urban planner (RIBA, ARB) specialising in the production and coordination of information and data visualisation. Her research focuses on the potential of data in developing Smart Urban Futures that integrate the urban and rural socio-economic and physical infrastructures to support communities, stakeholders and decision makers through disaster risk reduction scenarios creation.

Recent projects explore:

  • the potential of community engagement
  • the environment
  • the economy and technology (sociotechnical urbanism) in support of deprived communities around waterways in Europe and overseas

Current projects include:

  • ESRC, Co-Pi, Technology Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration for Supporting Risk-Sensitive Sustainable Urban Development TRANSCEND (transcend-project.org.uk, ES/T003219/1), (GCRF, £970K)
  • Co-Network for Building Multi-Institutional Collaboration for Creating Resilient Environments and Communities against Climate Change (Unite4Resilience, ES/V003011/1), (GCRF-ESRC, £200K), exploring the potential of community engagement, the environment, the economy and technology in support of deprived communities in Europe and Asian countries.

She is a member of the Smart Urban Futures (SURF) research group. The Group has attracted external funds exceeding £2M in the last two years (2018-2020). The research group works on The Future of Cities and provides models for urban futures in areas such as Smart Urban Ecology, Health and Well-being, and the future of Blue and Green Infrastructures in Cities. She is also a collaborator with the THINKLAb at UoS and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) courses validation panel, in addition, she is a Guest Lecturer at ISCTE IUL - University of Lisbon, Portugal, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, M.Arch on Smart Ecological Urban Green and Blue Corridors.