Pedro Soares Neves, PhD (Lisboa 1976)
Multidisciplinary academic training in the areas of Design and Architecture (2 bachelor's degrees). Postgraduate by the Portuguese Design Center in partnership with the University of Barcelona in Urban Design. Master in Methodologies for Participation in Public Space by Roma3 University (Italy). PhD initiated in the area of Architecture and Urbanism at Instituto Superior Técnico (in partnership with the University of Barcelona) and completed at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.
Was at the origin of graffiti and street art urban appropriation practices in Portugal, being widely recognised and respected among new and active urban creators. In this context, was mentor of the award winning Lisbon City Council projects: Galeria de Arte Urbana (on display at Calçada da Glória in Lisbon), with the co-organisation of Visual Street Performance and Lisbon Safari (on Bairro Alto), and on Avenidas Fontes Pereira de Melo, Almirante Reis and Liberdade with the CRONO Project. Also developed his activity for the Portuguese highway institute, where carried out cultural mediation work at the scale of the highways IC19 and IC17.
Collaborating member of the CIEBA (FBAUL), ITI / Larsys (IST-UL), CIDEHUS (U.Évora) research units. Pontually professor (module responsible) on several post graduations. Regular lecturer in national and international venues. Co organised two NUART plus conferences (on Aberdeen and Stavanger). Since 2014, annually organizes Urban Creativity conferences. Editor of several books, and five Scientific Journals (among them UXUC and SAUC innovative and flagship publications on Street Art, Graffiti and User Experience).
-----Javier Abarca, PhD
is an artist, researcher and educator in the fields of graffiti and street art. A leading figure from the first generation of Spanish graffiti, he taught a class on graffiti and street art at the Complutense University of Madrid between 2006 and 2015.
Abarca is founder and director of the Unlock Book Fair and the Tag Conference. He founded the website Urbanario in 2008. Since 2020 he teaches online at his Urbanario School.
Abarca is an influential specialist in the international scene, and appears regularly at European conferences and festivals. His PhD (2010) and his texts are widely cited in Spanish-language literature. He teaches, curates, writes and directs events internationally.
___Stephanie Marsh (she/ they), PhD (United Kingdom)
is one of the UK's leading UX research professionals. Stephanie is currently UX Research Operations Lead at Springer Nature and formerly Head of User Research and Analysis at UK Government Digital Service.
They began their career in UX and User Research in 2003, while completing a PhD on using and applying user research methods to Information Science tools. Since then, they have worked in user-centric roles across a diverse range of industries in the UK, evangelizing and delivering enthusiastically user-centric work.
Their book User Research: A Practical Guide was first published in 2017, while Stephanie was Head of User Research and Analysis for the Government Digital Service within the UK Government. A second edition was released in February 2022.
Quentin Lefèvre (France)
Urban planner and designer, he is expert in subjective/community mapping. He has worked on subjective mapping projects for various institutions, local authorities and NGOs, in France and abroad (Australia, Taiwan, Togo).
In 2019, founded the Collectif TAMA with Nicholas Henderson, with whom they develop a practice and teachings in relational design (systemic design, modeling of complex systems) to better understand the issues and levers of the social and environmental impact of organizations and institutions.
Teach at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Master in Cultural Projects in Public Space), at CY School of Design, at Strate Paris and at ESC Clermont Business School (MSc Strategy and Design for the Anthropocene). For 3 years was the main teacher of the Master in Design for Smart Cities, at Strate Paris.
Member of the Scientific board of the ANR HITI (nationall research project on the subjective mapping of the practices and perceptions of the fishermen in the Moorea lagoon), led by the University of Western Brittany.
Member of the Advisory board of the Low-tech Lab (research project on a “Low-tech territory”, founded by ADEME).