Dr Natalia Villamizar Duarte is an urban planner and designer interested in people’s experiences of their cities, and particularly in the policies that shape those experiences. Her work examines how urban models, ideas, political processes, and regulations that shape urban space intersect into policymaking, urban planning, urban design, and community practices. She has a personal interest in the diverse forms of knowledge and spatial practices from the global south, and in their potential to offer alternative strategies and practices that can build decolonial urban futures. With over 15 years of experience, in both academic and professional settings, she has worked directly with communities and community organisations which have taught her about the importance of co-creation. Natalia is currently lecturer in Urban Design at Newcastle University.