Gemma is a Program Manager for the City and Practice Management team in Singapore. She has over three years of experience with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA). In this role, she studied gaps between the current state of development and long-term goals, and initiated research to address these gaps. In particular, she collaborated with fellow government agencies and universities to launch a $1 million project to improve the design of pedestrian infrastructure in a tropical environment.

Gemma has experience of outreach and engagement through her roles in organizing the World Cities Summit 2014 and the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015. She was also instrumental in creating Urban Lab – an initiative by URA that champions new thinking and practices for sustainable and liveable cities. Through its series of exhibitions, talks, and think-pieces, Gemma has helped to shape the research and planning agenda within URA.

Gemma holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Bristol. Originally from the United Kingdom, she has lived in Egypt, France, the Philippines and Switzerland. 

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