Federico Caprotti is an urban geographer interested in smart and sustainable cities. Over the past decade he has worked closely on eco-city and smart city projects in China and the EU. At Exeter, he leads the 'Smart Eco-Cities for a Green Economy (SMART-ECO)' research consortium: this involves researchers in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and China. SMART-ECO is funded by the ESRC, China's NSFC, and the national research funding agencies of France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Federico also leads an ESRC Urban Transformations project on energy transitions in South African municipalities.

He has previously lectured at the universities of Leicester, Oxford, UCL, and Plymouth. Prior to joining Exeter as associate professor in human geography, Federico was senior lecturer and then reader in cities and sustainability at King's College London, where he coordinated the Masters in Sustainable Cities. Federico holds a bachelor's and doctoral degree from Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.. In 2017, a paper he was lead author on was named as one of the 25 most significant papers published in the past 40 years in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Research interests

During his tenure as a Turning Fellow, Federico will be working on smart and digital urban policy and technology-related projects. He is interested, in particular, in two key themes: firstly, the role of emergent platform urbanism in changing the ways in which cities are governed, function and are experienced. As part of this work, he has recently been engaged in carrying out work on urban social credit systems and on the export of smart city packages. Secondly, and more specifically, he will develop work that will bring together academics, policymakers and technologists in the field of smart urban health. The key underlying theme to these interests is a focus on the transnational links between the UK and other countries focused on smart urbanism, especially in East Asia.