1 PhD + 1 postdoc position new NWO project ”Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” deadline 20 April ’18

Recently, the research project ”Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” in which I am co-applicant received a NWO grant, as part of the program Smart Culture – Creative Cities. In many ways, this new project builds upon The Hackable City project, in its focus on civic engagement with new urban technologies.

Project lead: Mascha van der Voort. Co-leads: Peter-Paul Verbeek & Michiel de Lange.

The mid-sized and centrally located municipality of Amersfoort is building a new Internet of Things infrastructure. A consortium of public and private partners will develop a government+citizen+academic+industry collaboration (a so-called ’quadruple helix’) that allows a wide range of stakeholders to become involved in shaping their urban future. In a series of co-design sessions a number of ethical, juridical, and social controversies are made visible and debatable, as a way to garner broader engagement, agency and support.

Consortium partners include The Municipality of Amersfoort, Marxman Advocaten, Aerovision, Kennislab voor Urbanisme, and the Design Innovation Groep.


Currently, the project has 2 job opportunities:

1. PhD (4-years, 1.0 fte, starting May/June 2018) – https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UT/vacancy/46202/lang/en/.

2. Postdoc (3-years, 0.5-1.0 fte, starting November/December 2018) – https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UT/vacancy/46203/lang/en/.

Deadline: April 20 2018.

Next year, we’ll be employing another postdoc at Utrecht University​  as part of the project. More info in due time.

Short info about the project: https://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2018/01/four-new-research-projects-into-transformations-of-cities-and-urbanity-in-relation-to-the-creative-industry.html

More info in Dutch: https://www.uu.nl/nieuws/nwo-beurs-voor-onderzoek-naar-de-slimme-stad