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