The SmartGov Advisory Board is intended to provide non-binding advice to help guide the development of the SmartGov project. This advice is likely to take the form of informal recommendations about academic activity and assistance with practical matters.



The SmartGov Advisory Board will consist of six smart cities experts, two from all three countries involved in the research: the Netherlands, Scotland (UK) and Brazil. In each country one expert will be a practitioner and one an academic.




Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Firmino, professor of Urban Management

Rodrigo_Firmino smallProf. Dr. Rodrigo Firmino is a member of the advisory board from the team at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil. Rodrigo Firmino is currently working as UCL Urban Laboratory Honorary Senior Research Associate (until September 2016), following a research agenda titled “Connected Spaces, Controlled Movements: Technology, Surveillance, Security, and Cities”, funded by the Brazilian government. Dr Firmino is Professor in Urban Management at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, and a CNPq (Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) Research Fellow. Since 2009, he has been chief editor of Urbe, a Brazilian urban studies journal. He is also a founding member of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies and he has been publishing articles and essays in major journals about surveillance & space, augmented technologies & cities, digital urbanisation, cyberculture and smart urbanism, among other themes.

The Netherlands

Prof. Rob Raven, Professor of Innovation Studies 

rob-ravenProf. Rob Raven is a member of the advisory board for the Smart Gov project. He is designated chair in the UU strategic theme Institutions and full professor ‘Institutions and Societal Transitions’ at the Innovation studies department of Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. His interest is in sustainability transitions and socio-technical innovation.

His current research agenda is focused on analysis of transformative change in urban context such as eco-cities and smart cities. A key question is how socio-technical experimentation, institutional change and path-dependent urban regimes co-produce the future of cities world-wide.


Willemieke Hornis, Policy Analyst at the Netherlands Department of Infrastructure


Willemieke HornisWillemieke Hornis is a member of the advisory board of the Smart Governance project.She works as a senior policy advisor at the Ministery of Infrastructure and the Environment, where she works on the intersection of strategy, innovation and policy. She is projectmanager for the ministry’s contribution to the national Urban Agenda and a policy study on Smart Cities.




Scotland (UK)

Lucille Brown, Scottish Cities Alliance 

Lucille Brown leads the Smart Cities efforts for the Scottish Cities Alliance across the seven Scottish cities, enhancingLucille Brown - headshot photo shared learning across the Alliance and maximising the impact of the Smart Cities Workstream. She also supports the co-ordination of broader activity for the Cities Vision that “our cities are sustainable and smart” covering Low Carbon ambitions across the Alliance. Lucille joined the Alliance in 2014 having studied law at Oxford University, and achieving a Masters in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden.


Prior to taking up her position with the Alliance, Lucille spent a year working with Community and Engagement for Future City Glasgow, the £24 million UK Future Cities Demonstrator Programme funded by Innovate UK. She previously worked as the sustainability advisor to a King on a remote Indonesian nutmeg archipelago in the Banda Sea in 2010, before returning to the UK to help Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, England, obtain their ISO 14001 Environmental Management System accreditation as a member of the Sustainability Development team from 2011-2013.


 Prof. Ewan Klein, School of Informatics at t he University of Edinburgh 


Ewan is Professor of Language Technology in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, where his areas of research include the semantic web, open data and data governance. He has been responsible for helping to launch a number of initiatives involving civic data, including Edinburgh Living Lab, the Smart Data Hack and Energy Data for All  He has led, or participated in, a large number and variety of externally funded research projects, and is currently a co-investigator on the Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland, which forms an important part of the Scottish data landscape. He is currently one of the leaders of the SICSA Future Cities Research Theme and is part of a core group piloting an experimental IoT network on the University of Edinburgh’s campus. As Ambassador for Open Knowledge Scotland, Ewan has been instrumental in building a Scottish Local Group and in establishing a vigorous community around it, while also maintaining strong links with Open Knowledge International. He has acted in advisory capacity for a wide range of organisations including Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Urban Big Data Centre.