Tom Benson is a Research and Business manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Senseable City Lab. Currently based in Amsterdam, he is interested in analysing the built environment to improve people's access to social and economic opportunities. Tom studies these topics through big data and spatial analysis by converging the fields of architecture, urban planning, and data science. Previously, he has worked for the British Army (Harrogate), Buro Ole Scheeren (Beijing), Foster + Partners (London), and Monsoon Assemblages (London).
In 2022, he helped found the Senseable Amsterdam Lab – a research initiative between MIT and the AMS Institute - which will use science-based methods and tools to help Amsterdam transition to a carbon-neutral city. The research will improve the quality of life in Amsterdam based on the development of critical scientific research, with the potential of extending it to other cities worldwide.
“Building the Senseable Amsterdam Lab is a thriving step toward extending the influence of the research conducted by the Senseable City Lab in different parts of the world. Amsterdam will be a testbed for scientific research on achieving a net-zero carbon city.”
Former Research and Business Manager at AMS Institute