Speakers - Richard Bellingham (NEO Cities)


Richard Bellingham
Director Strathclyde Institute of Future Cities
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

BIO: Richard Bellingham is Director for the Institute for Future Cities at University of Strathclyde, Senior Research Fellow in smart sustainable cities and energy policy, Fellow of the Energy Institute, former Deputy Director of Fraser of Allander Economic Research Institute and former Head of Energy Policy for Scottish Government.

The Institute for Future Cities aims to improve the quality of human life across the world through innovative research that enables cities to be understood in new ways, and develop novel approaches for the ways we live, work, learn and invest in cities. The Institute works in partnership with cities, business and government globally in areas such as sustainability, resilience, wellbeing, and smart cities

Richard contributed to Glasgow's successful £24 million TSB Future Cities Demonstrator Bid and is leading creation of the City Observatory.  The new City Observatory is drawing together urban data to allow cities to be seen in new ways and effective solutions created for urban issues.  Richard wrote the Sustainable Glasgow strategy - working with city and businesses to develop low-carbon solutions to make Glasgow one of Europe’s most sustainable cities.  He is also European coordinator for the STEP UP EU programme – working with Glasgow, Gothenburg, Riga, and Ghent to create integrated urban sustainability plans.

Richard also has extensive experience of delivering large and complex ICT systems as Head of e-Government Policy, Head of Digital Inclusion and Head of Corporate ICT Strategy for the Scottish Government – and has over 15 years’ experience of advising Ministers in a wide range of policy areas, working with national and international organisations.