I am excited about a new advanced study group funded by the Pufendorf Institute on Advanced Studies at Lund University to examine ‘Seamless Life: The imaginaries, experiences and peril of data-driven life’. We will discuss the underlying norms, assumptions, experiences and implications of smart solutions in the home and the street. The group is led by Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren (Political Science) and includes Lovisa Nyman (Theology and Religious Studies), Martin Garwicz (Experimental Medical Science), Jessica Enevold (Arts and Cultural Sciences), James White (Technology and Society), Alexander Paulsson (Business Administration), Ida Sandström (Architecture), and Robert Willim (Arts and Cultural Sciences).
CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Data Politics in the Built Environment’, Special issue of Buildings and Cities, guest editors Andrew Karvonen (Lund University) & Tom Hargreaves (University of East Anglia)
How are data reconfiguring life in buildings and cities? Who are the subjects and objects of data-driven buildings and cities? What are the implications of data-driven buildings and cities for social equity and justice? How do these powers and associated practices align with policies and regulation?
The aim of this special issue is to improve our collective understanding of the practices, politics, and power implications of data-driven buildings and cities. How is data generated, metabolised, and gathered in the built environment? Who designs and governs these data flows and to what end? Who and what is enrolled in the datafication of buildings and cities? What forms and types of data are collected and what gets ignored in data flows at and across different scales? What are the broader implications for social justice and equity? We invite social scientists, planners, designers, building scientists, data scientists, and environmental scientists to shine a critical spotlight on the motivations, methods, and consequences of data-driven buildings and cities.
Erica Eneqvist successfully defended her doctoral thesis yesterday at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology on ‘Experimental Governance: Capacity and Legitimacy in Local Governments’. The opponent was Annica Kronsell and the grading committee included Josefina Syssner, Mikael Granberg, Stefan Sjöblom, Lukas Smas, and Berit Brokking Balfors. Huge congratulations to Dr Eneqvist!
Amanda Winter and I published a new article in Land Use Policy titled ‘Climate governance at the fringes: Peri-urban flooding drivers and responses.’ We examined 26 case studies of peri-urban flood governance and found many instances of autonomous adaption as well as significant potential for adaptive governance approaches. The article is open access and free to download.
EmbedterLabs: Better Embedded Labs for More Synergistic Sustainable Urban Transformation Project Planning is a three-year project funded by JPI Urban Europe to develop capacity for more synergistic urban planning for transformations towards sustainable and resilient urban areas. Project partners include Maastricht University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Uppsala University, Gdansk University of Technology, City of Maastricht, Maastricht Bereikbaar, City of Gdansk, Community of Gdansk Foundation, Olivia Business Centre, City of Stockholm, and Sweco.
I co-edited a special issues of Frontiers in Sustainable Cities on ‘Techno-Politics of the Sustainable-Smart City’. The open-access collection includes articles on smart farming, crowdsourced disaster data, digital segregation, knowledge transfer, and self-driving vehicles. Thanks to my co-editors Matt Cook and Mark Lemon as well as all authors for their contributions!
I co-edited a new collection of commentaries in the Journal of Urban Technology to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stephen Graham and Simon Marvin’s groundbreaking book Splintering Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban Condition. The first eight commentaries (including an introduction by Alan Wiig, Colin McFarlane, Jonathan Rutherford, and me) are now available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjut20/0/0
I am honoured to join a stellar group of scholars on the editorial board of Buildings and Cities. The journal hosts debates on all scales of the built environment, from buildings, blocks and neighbourhoods to cities, regions, and nations. I look forward to working with Richard Lorch and the editorial team. More info on how to submit your research here: https://journal-buildingscities.org/about/submissions/