Phil James leads Pitch-In’s Cities theme. He is Director of the Newcastle Urban Observatory and co-leads the UK National Observatory Programme at Newcastle University.
His role is the overall management and direction of the observatory programme and generating strategic partnerships with researchers, civic society and industry. His research is at the intersection of Engineering and Computer Science with a recent focus on IoT and environmental monitoring and how we apply emerging technologies to real-world solutions. He is the Primary Investigator on the EPSRC CORONA (City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics) project and participates as Co-Investigator in a research portfolio of interdisciplinary research worth over £15m.