Our mission is to drive the positive behaviour change that enables people to lead healthier and more balanced lives in cities.

Tranquil City is a collective of environmental, built-environment, psychological and data-science practitioners and researchers with the common aim of using their knowledge for human and environmental benefit.

Team

Grant Waters

CEO & Acoustician

Grant Waters

Grant is an experienced Acoustic Consultant and an emerging expert in urban soundscapes, having extensive experience in acoustic consultancy for large-scale architectural, soundscape, mobility and innovative projects including Transport for London’s ‘Urban Bus Sound’ project, Gasholder Triplets (Kings Cross), London School of Economics Centre Buildings Redevelopment (Aldwych) and Forensic Architecture’s ‘77sqm_9:26min’ project. He is experienced in the coordination of multidisciplinary environmental, modelling and engagement projects such as the EU funded OrganiCity projects that delivered the Tranquil Pavement London as well as an extensive series of Tranquil Walks that explored greener, quieter and healthier pathways across London, ranging Highbury & Islington to Holloway Road, Thamesmead, Paddington Green and Church Street, Brixton to Oval, Deptford, London Bridge, West Ham & the City of London.

Ben Warren

COO & Air Quality Expert

Ben Warren

Ben is an experienced Air Quality Consultant with nearly 14 years of experience in professional air quality consultancy, including technical and policy support for national, regional and local government. He is a Director at Tranquil City. He has led the air quality approach and modelling for Tranquil City since 2016, disseminating practical and helpful information for people to better understand the quality of the air they’re breathing and how to reduce exposure to pollution. He has also worked on the air quality assessments for numerous planning applications in London and reviewed other such assessments on behalf of the Greater London Authority, giving him an excellent understanding of air quality issues and policies in London. He is also an Associate Director in the Air Quality team at Wood PLC.

Advisors and Experts

Ben Piper

Tech Lead & Acoustician

Ben Piper

Expert in acoustic sensing devices, previously working for the National Physical Laboratory & Acoustic Sensor Networks. Responsibilities include API Development, Machine Learning Model Development & Sound & Noise Expertise.

Umesh Pandya

Strategic Advisor

Umesh Pandya

Umesh is a digital designer who is passionate about making inclusive, humanity centred, digital products. He co-founded Wayfindr, a multi-award-winning, social tech, not-for-profit that empowers vision-impaired people to navigate the world independently. He continues to provide invaluable mentorship and strategic advice to Tranquil City following their participation in the Bethnal Green Venture Accelerator in 2019.

Chloe Mcfarlane

Engagement Consultant

Chloe Mcfarlane

Chloe is an engagement consultant, with background in Geography. In conjunction with being on three youth panels (most notably Groundwork Youth), she has undertaken a series of placements with charities in London that champion community-led urban regeneration.

Eleanor Ratcliffe

Environmental Psychologist

Eleanor Ratcliffe

Eleanor is an experienced researcher and academic in Environmental Psychology, with expertise in the design and experience of environments that support psychological wellbeing, especially places in nature. She examines how these places can improve mood and reduce stress, improve cognitive performance, and enhance community connectedness. She is a lecturer at the University of Surrey and is part of the Tranquil City collective team. She completed her PhD in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2015 and continued to complete two postdoctoral research positions, the first in the Department of Psychology, University of Tampere (Finland), funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and second at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London (UK).

Alberto Calzada

Data Scientist

Alberto Calzada

Freelance Data Scientist, Data Engineer and Machine Learning researcher with experience in academia and industry. He has contributed significantly to Tranquil City since he was part of the initial OrganiCity Phase 1 project in 2016, continuing to develop our data work including the production of the Tranquil City and Healthy Streets Indices.

Diana Sanchez

Innovation Strategist

Diana Sanchez

Diana provides experience on sustainable urban economics, and the quantification and monetisation of externalities. She is an economist, with a Master studies in Philosophy and MBA with a focus on sustainability and has 10 years of experience developing innovative approaches for integrating, managing and measuring social and environmental impacts.

Dr. Julie Godefroy

Sustainability Expert

Dr. Julie Godefroy

Sustainability Consultant with experience in environmental, health and wellbeing strategies. Julie has been the sustainability advisor on the National Trusts Historic Environment Group for several years and is particularly interested in engaging urban audiences with our environment and architectural heritage, including public spaces.

Floriane Ortega

Urban Planner

Floriane Ortega

Urban planner with experience in both developed and developing countries. She has experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation in Colombia, worked in Sub-Saharan Africa in urban water supply and sanitation infrastructure and was involved in the metro project in Hanoi.

Katerina Papavasileiou

Sustainability Consultant

Katerina Papavasileiou

Katerina combines economic and management science skills with experience as a project manager to provide holistic approaches on how we create places that people want to linger. She advises on strategy and delivery, is a champion of women in business and loves discovering how technological innovations change the way we experience our cities.

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