Vera Neshataeva is a geographer and urban planner passionate about urban heritage regeneration, placemaking and sustainable development. During her master’s at Utrecht University, Vera explored the interrelation between industrial heritage and placemaking using the case study of St. Petersburg, where she originally comes from. As a result, Vera’s master thesis contributes to research on urban community engagement and quality public places in post-socialist countries, where placemaking is only in its infancy. Her main professional goal is to contribute to sustainable cities and a better world. Vera also has event planning experience and hopes to leverage it into the Placemaking Europe community development during her internship.