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Jim MacNeil

Visiting Researcher

Jim has a PhD in urban studies (sociology) from the University of Milano-Bicocca. His thesis titled “Stepping Outside the Ivory Tower: the role of community-based research in transformation and social change” was focused on research groups (Tesserae and Mapping San Siro) using action-based approaches, instead of the traditional passive research role, to empower communities and facilitate urban and social change. He has carried out several successful workshops using Tesserae’s Urban Reconnaissance methodology. Jim also holds degrees in transportation planning (UK) and business management (US), with a variety of work experiences in between.