Smart cities as a proposed solution to efficient urban governance has gained traction since 2000 because of the deep involvement of global IT companies, the support of funding programmes from EU, DfID and USAid and the interest of national governments and urban municipalities.
As a consequence, retrofitted smart city ‘packages’ or fully-fledged smart ‘city in a box’ are increasingly making their way into national agendas in the global south. Through a comparative study of smart cities in India and South Africa, this project will research globally circulating urban development narratives around ICT and data-driven urbanism, its ‘mutations’ in different urban contexts and ‘urban hacking’ at the scale of everyday life. The outcomes of the project will thus move beyond a critical stance to provide prosaic visions of smart urbanism that are alternative, empowering and knowledge intensive.
This project begins with the broad hypothesis that the global circulation of smart cities (new cities from scratch and retrofitted) are translated in different global south contexts through local visions, technologies and built manifestations. This will form the basis of developing an empirical and theoretical research agenda around ‘smart urbanism’ that captures the local historical, political and alternative forms of data-driven urbanism from the grassroots.
we invite you to our online conference
URBAN DATA POLITICS
IN TIMES OF CRISIS
This conference aims to engage with data politics and crises in all its urban expressions – big data, deep data, small data, no data, data scarcity and dataveillance alongside its political and social implications in a context where our 'data bodies' are increasingly the markers of our identities and experiences.
A select panel of speakers will provide a mix of virtual and in-person presentations – all streamed to an online platform.
We invite those interested in attending the conference
– either virtually or in-person in Neuchâtel – to register their interest using the link to our conference website below.
The three modes of existence of the pandemic smart city
Urban Geography, 42(3), pp.399-407
The smart city effect in South Africa
Söderström, S., Blake, E. and Odendaal, O.
Geoforum, 122, pp.103-117
Apps, maps and war rooms:
on the modes of existence of “COVtech” in India
Datta, A., Aditi, A., Ghoshal, A., Thomas, A. and Mishra, Y.
Urban Geography, 42(3), pp.382-390
Constructing an “infrastructure of care” – understanding the institutional remnants and socio-technical practices that constitute South Africa’s Covid-19 response.
Urban Geography, 42(3), pp.391-398
Pandemic in a smart city:
Singapore’s COVID-19 management through technology & society
Das, D. and Zhang, J.J.
Urban Geography, 42(3), pp.408-416
Technologies of intimate surveillance in India under COVID-19
Dialogues in Human Geography, 10(2), pp.234-237
When Airbnb sits in the control room:
Platform urbanism as actually existing smart urbanism in Reykjavík
Söderström, O. and Mermet, A.C.
Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 2, pp.15