Francesca Birks is a Senior Consultant & Facilitator in Arup’s New York office. She became the first member of the Foresight team to be located outside London. She is tasked with strategically promoting and developing thought leadership within Arup’s various businesses. Her current areas of focus are hospitality, education, healthcare and retail. She was the researcher of the Drivers of Change Demographics card set and is particularly interested in the social-cultural dimensions and impact of foresight and in engaging public stakeholders in collaborative design processes.