Maria Carmen (Ica) Fernandez is a spatial planner and independent development consultant working on the intersections of space, culture, sustainability, governance, and ‘complex crises’, or the combined effects of environmental and human-induced disasters and vulnerabilities. She spent the last decade working on the Philippine peace processes and land issues in conflict-vulnerable regions. At present, she works on various interdisciplinary projects related to open data for participatory decision-making in transitional contexts. Ica is one of the founding convenors of UrbanisMO.ph, an informal collective of urban practitioners working on difficult questions in Philippine cities.
Ica holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines and an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the University of Cambridge. She is a Department of Science and Technology-Newton Agham PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge Department of Land Economy.