Digital urbanism publications
Digital cities and Platform Urbanism
In 2014 I was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship by the UK Urban Studies Foundation to study the adoption of data-driven policy frameworks and platforms by city governments in the UK, US and Australia. This built my work as an urban informatics consultant and digital strategist, and allowed me to deep-dive into the fields of data governance and open data policy. While I’m no longer working as an academic researcher, I continue to publish research in the fields of platform urbanism and urban data governance. My book Platform Urbanism: Negotiating Platform Ecosystems in Connected Cities is published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2019.
One of the major papers published through my Platform Urbanism postdoctoral fellowship, reflecting on how platforms have come to dominate our hopes and fears of digital technologies and their role in shaping cities. Published by Geography Compass in July 2019.
I was invited to submit a chapter to a recent edited book on new directions in Acoustic Ecology, edited by Milena Droumeva and Randolph Jordan. My brief here was to reflect on the implications of digital urbanism and smart cities for urban listening practices.
An article written for the online journal Mediapolis as part of a roundtable discussion on the emerging field of platform urbanism. Many thanks to Scott Rodgers and Susan Moore of Goldsmiths College for the invitation to contribute.
The Climate Adapted People Shelters (CAPS) project addressed the complex challenges of public exposure to urban heat, its impacts on the community and the need for smarter public transport infrastructure to improve the liveability of cities in a warming world.. This is a collaborative research article written by the CAPS team.
This article addresses the role of urban data platforms in supporting the delivery of smart city initiatives by city governments, with a view to establishing a typology for effective strategic investments in urban data interfaces aligned to governance objectives.
A joint article written by myself, Michele Acuto, Donald McNeil and Ellie Cosgrave, dealing with the urban governance implications of digital services and smart cities, with a focus on Australia. This article was published as part of an Urban Policy and Research Special Issue on urban governance in Australasia.
Reflections on the history and future of urban informatics as a way of knowing the city and all of its liveliness. In this article I reflect on the hopes of a generation of pioneering activists who used the tools of ubiquitous computing to try to re-invent the city from the bottom up, only to be faced by the spectre of smart cities and surveillance capitalism.
My first major publication as part of my Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship on platform urbanism, reflecting on the adoption of open data programs and initiatives by city governments worldwide, and the impacts of this turn towards open data on urban governance. This publication reviewed the rise of Socrata as a data infomediaries whose design of an open data platform ecosystem was reshaping urban governance practices in cities across the US and UK.
My review article of Anthony Townsend’s Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia. Published in City, 2014.
This chapter features research into the history of technology-driven urban spatial imaginaries, understood through the potent lens of real-time, networked technologies. This was a major focus for my PhD dissertation The Death and Life of the Real Time City (2010)