Oslo Urban Arena invites speakers from all over the world. Get inspired by the worlds best innovators.

From New York: Araceli Camargo
Lab Director & Co-Founder The Centric

How can neuroscience improve urban development?

Araceli Camargo is an Indigenous American, Cognitive Neuroscientist and co-Founder of Centric Lab. She holds an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from King's College London, where she focused on the attention system. She has a keen interest in using neuroscience to understand more about the relationship between people and the physical environment. Her mission is to make habitats that are healthy, sustainable, and accessible. She has done work in London, New York, Rwanda and Peru.

From London: Fran Tonkiss
Professor of Sociology, and Deputy Head of Department London School of Economics

How can urban design tackle social and spatial inequalities?

Fran Tonkiss is an urban sociologist, based at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her work explores the social contexts and impacts of spatial design, and her books include Space, The City and Social TheoryCities by Design and Urban Inequalities (forthcoming). Her key concern is how urban design might tackle social and spatial inequalities, rather than building them deeper into cities.

From Sydney: Rob Stokes
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, New South Wales

The Sydney Model

Rob Stokes is the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, where he is focussed on promoting development throughout NSW that improves people's lives into the future, as well as protecting, restoring and building our State’s public spaces and parklands.

Rob is an environmental lawyer and has read sustainable urban development at Oxford and completed a PhD in planning law under a Commonwealth Scholarship.


From Toronto: Steven Turrell
Associate Director Development, Sidewalk Labs

Big Data in Urban Planning

Steven Turrell  is a Associate Director, Development, on the real estate team at Sidewalk Labs. Sidewalk Labs is designing a district in Toronto's Eastern Waterfront to tackle the challenges of urban growth, working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community. This joint effort, called Sidewalk Toronto, aims to make Toronto the global hub for urban innovation and serve as a beacon for cities around the world.