Yasmine Abbas is a French architect (1997), holds a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001) and a Doctor of Design (2006) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her research and publications focus on the strategies adopted by neo-nomads to recreate with digital technologies a sense of belonging to places. She is the Founding Director of PanUrbanIntelligence, a consultancy offering pre-planning services. She currently works as an Environmental Sociologist for the first sustainable city, Masdar City, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.Fred Dervin is Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Joensuu University (Finland) and Adjunct Professor of Language and Intercultural Education at Turku University (Finland). His books include Intercultural Education and Communication. Finnish Perspectives (2008, co-edited with E. Suomela-Salmi) and Students, Staff and Academic Mobility in Higher Education (2009, co-edited with M. Byram).