Elliot Burns


Elliot joined Urban Foresight following the completion of an International Relations MA at Durham University. He combines his background in socio-political research with an enthusiasm for placemaking, place-based innovation, smart tech and data.

His postgraduate thesis focused on the influence of surveillance capitalism on the democratic process, investigating data security and privacy utilising contemporary approaches to political philosophy in a global context. This built upon the research conducted during his BA in Geography, which investigated political contention at major sporting events, media representation and the impacts of mega events on marginalised groups.

He is passionate about sustainable development, place-based innovation, urban and rural design, smart cities and interactions between people and the built environment.

His diverse research background allows Elliot to contribute to a wide range of projects which focus on technology deployment and data or consider the human elements of placemaking.

Since starting at Urban Foresight, he has developed a range of effective research frameworks, stakeholder engagement techniques and data gathering expertise which have facilitated work on a variety of projects.

This includes work involving smart technology deployment, data analysis informing policy decisions, the development of businesses in emerging markets and the advancement of the knowledge-based economy when considering health based outcomes on sustainable transport solutions initiatives.

All of these, aiming to develop positive outcomes for people and society.