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Jonas Le Thierry 

Communications Lead and Consultant 

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Jonas is the Communications Lead and a Consultant at UrbanEmerge. He has several years of international experience working at the intersection of urban development and communications in the private sector (as a Communications Consultant at a multinational media & digital marketing agency), the public sector (as a Project Manager at a participatory consultancy for local governments) and third sector (as a Communications Officer for a global NGO). Jonas has a successful track-record managing multilateral projects and has implemented cross-media communication strategies at local, national and international scales.


Jonas is a language enthusiast and is particularly interested in the interplay between discourse and urbanism. He holds a BA Global Challenges from Leiden University and Universidad de Chile and an MSc Urban Development Planning from University College London (UCL). Next to his work at UrbanEmerge, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Development Planning at UCL as an ESRC scholar. His research explores a novel theorisation of the relationship between discourse and the material conditions of cities – what he calls “discursive infrastructure”. Jonas’ aim is to propose a reformulation of the policy discourse of basic infrastructure systems that continue to materialise the spatial inequalities of African cities today.

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