School of Business and Management

Gynna Farith Millan Franco

 Gynna Farith Millan Franco


Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2691
Location: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.23

1st Supervisor: Dr Yasmin Ibrahim
2nd Supervisor: Dr Pat Healy 

Project Title: 

"'Smart' Global South Cities: From Possibility to Inclusivity"

Gynna is an architect from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, and holds an MSc in Building and Urban Design for Development from University College London’s Development Planning Unit (UCL DPU). She worked as the Media Coordinator for the DPU and established the department’s media group, integrating new media into research and teaching activities. Gynna has international experience using video for documentation and inclusive development planning in India, Brazil, Haiti and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Gynna’s PhD research focuses on the potential of digital technologies in enhancing and amplifying citizens’ participation in the process of decision-making within urban planning. She is paying special attention to cities in the Global South and, more specifically, to the most socially excluded and deprived urban areas. The research is an attempt to rethink the concept of ‘smart cities’ by investigating how it can respond (or not) to the needs of those living in infrastructure-excluded areas.

Gynna’s PhD aims to deliver a smart cities-inspired business model for community engagement in development planning that is accessible to and affordable for deprived urban communities, NGOs and governments.