Rodney Clarke is the Head of the Geosocial Intelligence for Urban Resilience and Liveability (GI4URL) Research Group within the SMART Infrastructure Facility. This research group applies multidisciplinary and mixed methods approaches, including but not limited to ethnography sociology, communication studies, geography and social informatics (mobile technology and social media), to better understand and model social and technical responses to the built environment, infrastructure and policy change in urban settings.
He is also the Manager of the Collaboration Laboratory (Co-Lab) at the SMART Infrastructure Facility that enables commerce-based reference disciplines, including operations, management, marketing and systems analysis, to be applied to a range of infrastructure analysis, design and usage problems. Co-Lab is currently engaged in developing new methods and techniques for use in hard and soft infrastructure analysis and design. This work assists policy and decision makers in determining the current use of existing and planning future infrastructure. Major projects include the development of new technologies to rapidly create three dimensional representations of existing infrastructure, the application of communication techniques and spatial analysis to analyse user engagement with transport systems and its associated infrastructure, and development of the new field of Spatial Semantics.
Rodney is an Associate Professor and the Head of Discipline (Operations) at the School of Management, Operations and Marketing (SMOM) in the Faculty of Business. He also holds an honorary Associate Professorship in Information Systems at Karlstad University, Sweden where he successfully completed the post-doctoral award of Docent in 2007 in the areas business processes and services, hypersystems design, and decision making. His PhD was awarded in 2000 in the semiotics of information systems. He was elected a Fellow, British Computing Society (BCS) in 2013.