Dr Joanne Jakovich specialises in collaborative innovation and its application to urbanism ventures, higher education and urban planning. She is director of SOUP, the Strategic Open Urbanism platform, a startup dedicated to transforming the way we collaboratively develop our cities. She is also Co-Founder of Big World Homes, a new community-driven affordable housing initiative.
During her 12 years in academia, Joanne co-founded the UTS innovation lab, ‘U.Lab’, and was responsible for a new generation of urban innovation projects (Groundbreaker, BikeTank, CitySwitch, CrowdShare Sydney) that engaged thousands of urban professionals and public experts in design thinking workshops for cities.
Joanne is a leading innovation researcher and passionate educator, recognised with numerous grants and awards including the Best Entrepreneurial Educator in the Business/Higher Education Round Table Annual Awards in 2014. She holds a Doctor in Philosophy (Architecture) from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Tokyo.
Joanne consults to government and corporate organisations on a diverse range of topics including design thinking, citizen engagement in planning, peer-to-peer urbanism, collective action, community design, design-led innovation, creative problem solving, open innovation, crowd-sourcing, corporate entrepreneurship, business model innovation, creative and lateral thinking.
In addition to her academic and consulting profile, Joanne’s creative design work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, Taiwan and The Netherlands, both in architectural and artistic contexts. She is the editor of four books on innovation and urbanism, first author of international journal and conference publications, and presents regularly to public and professional audiences.
View Joanne’s abstract HERE