Joining Dots is me, Sharon Richardson. The name comes from a passion for balancing the art of the possible with pragmatic reality and bridging multiple, often competing and conflicting, perspectives through evidence-based narratives. Connecting the dots… I have a PhD in socio-spatial data science (2020), a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics (2015), and over 20 years of industry experience applying emerging information, social and mobile technologies.

Through Joining Dots Ltd, I provide independent thought-leadership, coaching, consulting, and research. The core theme is innovative uses of data and technology to improve human-environment interactions and to tackle societal and environmental challenges. Topics include: cognitive and context-aware computing (situated intelligence); modelling social and spatial phenomena from sensed and crowd-sourced data; smart city/space narratives; and, the potential, limits and ethics of AI applied in real-world decisions.

All client engagements are strictly confidential. Public activities are shared here on the blog. If you have a project or idea or would like more information, please get in touch. Details are in the sidebar.

An experienced international speaker, I am available for conferences and discussion panels and can provide comments for media purposes.

Conference speaker bio

Dr Sharon Richardson is a researcher, consultant and presenter specialising in cognitive and spatial data science. She has over 20 years of industry experience, an MSc in smart cities & urban analytics, and a PhD from University College London. With her independent practice, Joining Dots, Sharon provides thought leadership and evidence-based narratives to help clients discover and apply insights from data to aid decisions. Sharon publishes online at and tweets as @joiningdots.

Company Details

Joining Dots Ltd is registered in England and Wales, company number: 5800018. Registered Office: Hazeldene, Sutton Road, Fovant, Wiltshire, England. VAT registration: GB 889 703 269., and are the only domain names representing Joining Dots. Other domain names involving the words joining and dots are in no way affiliated.