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Dr. Jack R. Lehane is an SFI ADAPT postdoctoral researcher at Maynooth University for the industry-partnered role of Smart D8 Ecosystem Manager as part of Smart Dublin’s smart city programme. He completed his Ph.D. at University College Cork alongside Design Studio and lecture contributions at Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE), through which he comparatively mapped stakeholder participation and pedagogies in non-institutional international architecture Live Projects in Lebanon, Fiji and Nepal. His research interests include healthy and platform urbanism, built and digital environments, social ecologies, neuroarchitecture, sustainable development, community-engaged praxis and policy reform. He has contributed to a diversity of international networks, projects and programmes including UNIC (European University of Post-Industrial Cities), the EU Energy Pathfinder Project, and A–D (Architecture in Development); a collaborative online platform on sustainable development and architecture. Jack is a committed educationalist and chair of the All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (A-IARG); a voluntary network of researchers that links all schools of architecture in Ireland. He co-led the delivery of A-IARG’s 12th Annual Conference ‘Not Too Late: Design Thinking for Ecological Futures’ in partnership with Technological University (TU) Dublin in April 2023. Forming the conference output of a national revision of architectural education, ‘Resilient Design Curricula for 21st Century Design Professionals’, it invited local and global perspectives on how teaching, practice, research and policy can address urgent challenges surrounding climate change. Currently, he is working on applying novel methods for mobilising stakeholder and community engagement within pilot projects, embedding research and technology ethics in health innovation, and developing and evaluating interventions and roadmaps to progress the development of the ecosystem and the Smart D8 programme.