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Katrina Johnston Zimmerman
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
Project Manager, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation



3600 Market Street, Suite 726

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 and practice into city planning and design. She was the co-founder of the Women Led Cities Initiative, a Knight Foundation funded series of working conferences in 2018-2019 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. She was recently named to BBC’s 100 Women list and invited to speak at the annual event on the future of cities and women.

BA, Anthropology, Arizona State University
MA, Urban Studies and Public Space, Portland State University