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Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

headshot Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Project Manager
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation


Katrina is a lecturer, researcher, and advocate for humanist cities. She is the Project Manager at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University and guest lecturer for the Masters in Urbanism program at the Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (KTH). As an applied urban anthropologist, her work focuses on human behavior in public space and the relationship between behavior and design. Through the use of “spatial ethnographies”, she utilizes principles of user experience research and design to assess the effectiveness of urban form on the human condition, physically and psychologically. Lectures include instruction on qualitative research methods, observation techniques, survey research, and ancient urban history with an emphasis on public space. 
Previously, she has worked with organizations including Copenhagenize, Project for Public Spaces, and City ID to bring humanist philosophy into city planning and design. She is the co-founder of the Women Led Cities Initiative, a Philadelphia based series of working conferences aiming to explore and advocate for the role of women in urbanism. Her work can be found in popular contexts such as Next City, as well as academic journals including Urban Geography and the Journal of Urbanism.