Seth Asare Okyere is a development planner and assistant professor at the Division of Global Architecture, Osaka University, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from Osaka University, a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design (Cum laude ) from Politecnico Milano, Milan-Italy, and a Bachelor of Science in Development Planning (First Class Honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. Seth was a MEXT scholar at Osaka University (2015-2018) where his research focused on rethinking urban informality and informal settlements improvement through the comprehension of indigenous socio-spatial structure, community management and human behavior in the indigenous settlements of La, Accra (Ghana). Seth is also recipient of the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (KMMF) research grant for young and talented international researchers. Here, his awarded research focused on the socially induced self-management of common facilities in the Abese old quarter of La, Accra. Seth was also part of a team of experts that worked on the initial phase (2013) of European Union supported 'MyNeighborhood project', which explored social innovations for civic engagement and co-production in European cities through Web 2.0 technologies. Seth is a published author with a strong interest in urban development planning, informal settlements and sustainable community improvements, and social innovation in cities.