Kirsten develops and embeds Westminster City Council’s smart city strategy, guiding interdisciplinary teams to deliver innovative projects with a wide range of external partners. She joined the local authority as a multi-method researcher in 2017 following a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics at UCL’s Bartlett Faculty for the Built Environment in London. She’s led on night-time economy and licensing policy research, intelligent management of highways assets, as well as co-led university collaboration in the field of data science. In previous roles, she delivered research, campaigns and editorials focused on urban sustainability, resilience and public health internationally, primarily within academia and the third sector in Utrecht, Busia (Kenya), Berlin and London.