Dr Federico Caprotti
Associate Professor in Human Geography


Federico Caprotti is a human geographer interested in sustainable cities and the green economy. He has worked on nature and the city from a historical and visual viewpoint, and has more recently worked on eco-city and smart city projects in China and the EU. At Exeter, he leads the ‘Smart Eco-Cities for a Green Economy (SMART-ECO)’ research consortium: this involves researchers in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and China. SMART-ECO is funded by the ESRC, China’s NSFC, and the national research funding agencies of France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Federico also leads an ESRC Urban Transformations project on energy transitions in South African municipalities. He has previously lectured at the universities of Leicester, Oxford, UCL, and Plymouth. Prior to joining Exeter as associate professor in human geography, Federico was senior lecturer and then reader in cities and sustainability at King’s College London. Federico holds a bachelor’s and doctoral degree from Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Federico is a Fellow (2018-20) of the Alan Turing Institute. Since 2016 he has been an Affiliated Research Fellow of the Institute of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. In 2017, a paper he was lead author on was named as one of the 25 most significant papers published in the past 40 years in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Broad research specialisms:

Nature and the city; urban political ecology; sustainable cities; eco-cities; smart cities; platform urbanism.


BA (Hons) Geography, Oxford University;
DPhil Geography, Oxford University;
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Plymouth;
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



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