Science and the City

Science and the Sydney

Monday 15th May came with a very, very early start. With my taxi booked for 4.30am, I really needed an early night. Unfortunately though, sleep didn’t arrive, so it was a Laurie-shaped shadow that kissed a sleeping RJ, and crawled out the door, dragging a case behind me. With no traffic to slow us down, the cab made it to Wellington Airport in just 25mins....


Sticky

Almost exactly three years ago, I signed a document that changed my life – the book deal for Science and the City. It marked the first step on the steepest learning curve I’ve been on to date. 2+ years of researching engineering topics, reading scientific papers and industry reports, visiting labs and construction sites, doing calculations,...


Forbes: March and April 2017

Hi all! If you’re new to this blog / my Twitter account, you might not know that I write about the science of cities for Forbes, usually 3-5 stories each month. Below, you’ll find summaries and links to each of my stories published in March and April 2017, but you can also view my entire portfolio here. MARCH A Volcano Erupts In Auckland…. In...


Women are literally boring.....

Tunnels, that is. Back in August, I met Catherine, co-founder of a new and utterly brilliant blog called ‘Women Are Boring‘, which shares fascinating research by women from all over the world. She wanted to interview me about my book just before my Dublin launch (you can read the interview here), and I’ve been a regular reader of the blog ever...


Forbes: January and February 2017

Right, (long overdue) Forbes update time! Below are intros and links to each of the stories I wrote for Forbes in January and February 2017. They’re a rather eclectic bunch, so I hope everyone will be able to find something in here especially for them! JANUARY 2017 Reading The Road: How Will Driverless Cars Talk To Pedestrians? It’s amazing how many...


Forbes: Cities Are Running Out Of Freshwater. Here’s How Science Can Help

Hi everyone! In the last few weeks, I’ve had several comments from people who are growing increasingly frustrated by the autoplay-ads on the Forbes website, and so haven’t read my latest articles. Without exception, they’ve asked me why I don’t just post all of my stories on here instead. The truth is that (as I’ve mentioned in...


Working Down Under

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged – things have been rather busy since we arrived in New Zealand. I’ll post an update on general life stuff soon, but I thought you guys were especially overdue an update on all things work-related! As you might remember from this post, one of the things I’d hoped would happen in NZ was that...


Investment in renewable energy key to securing future of our cities

I’ve been a big fan of the Irish Independent my entire reading life – I grew up in a house where it was always available. So when they published this wonderful review of Science and the City, I was amazed, flattered, and overwhelmed! And then Paul Melia (the paper’s Environment Editor), contacted me to commission a piece on the financial reality...


2016: Looking back... and peeking ahead

It’s that time of year again when I’m at my most reflective, so I hope you’ll forgive what follows – it’s a bit of a personal (read: self-indulgent) post. I get a lot of pleasure from looking back – as a long-time diary-keeper, it’s an almost meditative process. But it’s only half of the story for me, and I think...


Science and the City: An update!

It has been just over two months since ‘Science and the City’ hit the shelves across Europe and I’m happy to say that there’s been plenty of activity around it. Here are a few things that you might be interested in: RADIO I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a few radio / podcast-y things for the book, and I’ve really enjoyed all...