Mark Deakin is Professor of Built Environment in the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University. In the University he is the Head of the Centre for Smart Cities in the Institute of Sustainable Construction and over the past 15 years has coordinated over 25 EU and UK research projects aimed at computing the intellectual capital of smart cities and sustainable communities.
He has published three books with Routledge on aspects of smart city development (2011-2013) and three more as the editor of a book series with the same publishing house on the communities of sustainable urban development (2007-2010). More recently he also published a book with Springer Press (2014) on the morphology of sustainable community development. He has also recently acted as an expert advisor to the European Investment Bank on aspects of smart and sustainable city development and was a member of the scientific committee for the 2015 World Expo in Milan. He has edited seven special journal issues on the management of smart and sustainable community development and currently sits on the editorial boards of nine academic journals. He is also a panel member of 10 national research councils throughout Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia.