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Dr Timea Nochta


Timea Nochta

Research Associate in Urban Systems and Infrastructure

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures



Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the dynamics of multi-actor (multilevel and networked) decision-making processes in public policy and implementation. I am particularly interested in how digital models, model projections and digital urban imaginaries – as ‘evidence’ – influence decision-making outcomes in multi-actor settings. Empirically, my research interests cover urban and infrastructure planning and management, specifically dealing with challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation, low-carbon transitions, digitalisation and automation.

Research projects

Digital Cities for Change (DC2)

The local governance of digital technology – Implications for the city-scale digital twin

Facilitating policy change for low carbon mobility

Teaching activity

I deliver guest lectures on the following courses:

  • MPhil Engineering for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering
  • MPhil Urban Studies / Urban Design, Department of Architecture
  • MSt Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment, Institute for Sustainability Leadership

I contribute to undergraduate supervision on Geography Tripos Part II. The Geographies of Global Urbanism, Department of Geography.

Other positions

Research Fellow, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. I hold a PhD in Local Government Studies (Public Administration, University of Birmingham, UK), and an MSc in Architecture and Engineering (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary).

My current research investigates the complex interplay between digital technologies and urban governance in infrastructure planning, management and associated service delivery. I am responsible for leading the governance stream of the “Digital Cities for Change” Programme, funded by The Ove Arup Foundation. In addition, I have been contributing to developing a City-scale Digital Twin of the Cambridge city region as Early Career Researcher at the Centre for Digital Built Britain.

Prior to joining CSIC, I conducted research into the ways in which modelling tools can support whole-systems energy decision-making in the multilevel governance context of the UK. This work built on my doctoral research at the University of Birmingham, in which I developed a novel theoretical framework and methodology (combining network and discourse analysis) to investigate the role of governance networks and stakeholder management in facilitating low-carbon energy transitions in European cities.

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