Kevin Desouza / Arizona State University

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 6, 2013 - 5:45pm


Dr. Kevin C. Desouza will present a lecture titled "Designing Smart Cities" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:45PM on Wednesday, February 6. A reception following the lecture will take place in the Knowlton Hall Jury Space. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Desouza’s talk will outline how technologies are changing the face of urbanization. Specifically, he will outline how citizens are leveraging technologies to develop innovations in planning and governance of urban spaces. Due to the democratization of technologies, the availability of open data, and an educated citizenry, we are seeing an unprecedented rate of innovation in the design, planning, and management of our cities today. This talk will draw on Desouza’s recent research projects on smart cities, citizen apps and urban technologies, big data management, and challenges and competitions for crowdsourcing innovation.

Desouza serves as the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Programs and is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Immediately prior to joining ASU, he directed the Metropolitan Institute in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and served as an associate professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. From 2005-2011, Desouza was on the faculty of the University of Washington’s (UW) Information School, holding adjunct appointments in the College of Engineering and at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. At UW, he co-founded and directed the Institute for Innovation in Information Management; founded the Institute for National Security Education and Research, an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative; and was an affiliate faculty member of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy.

Desouza holds a visiting professorship at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has held visiting positions at the Center for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School in France, and the Accenture Institute for High Business Performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books, the most recent being Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas within Your Organization. He has published more than 125 articles in prestigious practitioner and academic journals. His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, and Computerworld, among others.


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