Joining Dots is me, Sharon Richardson. The name comes from a passion for exploring the potential in emerging trends connecting people, information and technology. It requires balancing the art of the possible with pragmatic reality and bridging multiple, often competing or conflicting, perspectives through evidence-based narratives. Connecting the dots!

Through Joining Dots Ltd, I provide independent thought-leadership, coaching, consulting, and research in cognitive and spatial data science. The focus is on the computational analysis of sensed and crowd-sourced data to model social and spatial phenomena in real-time, and tracking innovative uses of data, tech and algorithms applied in real-world situations. I have a PhD in socio-spatial data science (2020), a MSc in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics (2015), and over 20 years of ICT industry experience.

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, PhD 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.