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Katrina Johnston Zimmerman
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
Adjunct Professor, Urban Strategy Masters Program



Katrina is a lecturer, researcher, and advocate for humanist cities. She is a consultant through her firm THINK.urban and adjunct professor for the Masters of Urban Strategy at Drexel University, as well as 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 in London on the future of cities and women.

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