Whose Right to the Smart City Conference

Plymouth University, UK
Sunday 10th- Monday 11th September 2017
Ayona Datta, Kings College London
Tim Davies, Open Data Services Cooperative

Full final Programme and abstracts  (updated Sept 4th 2017)


To register for the conference please access the following link:

Whose Right to the Smart City Registration

Registration for participants is £40 *.

The conference fee includes refreshments and a wine reception on Sunday 10 September and refreshments and lunch on Monday 11 September. The conference dinner will be held on Sunday 10 September and can be booked separately during the online booking process at a cost of £22.50 per person.


The conference will critically address the smart city agenda, and investigate the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in marginalised communities at a range of global contexts. Taking the right to the city as a framework, the symposium investigates the question ‘Whose right to the (Smart) City’? It addresses a gap in current knowledge exchange and seeks to redress the balance of focus from the existing highly urbanised, first-world contexts to concentrate on more marginalised urban communities and people-centred urban change in relation to ICTs.

The conference will examine how and why cities and people are shaping technologies to suit their needs and the role of civic inclusiveness in this process, and will draw on knowledge and perspectives from marginalised city contexts at a range of geographical levels including developing world countries.

Fields: architecture, urban planning, urban studies and ubiquitous computing, urban policy. Contributions will be from academics, city governance, NGO’s, community groups and industry experts.

The conference will be co-located with Data Ache: 


The 21st International Conference on the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA). The full programme is available here.

Sunday 10th September – Open data workshop
Monday 11th September –Main conference papers, Keynotes, Network outcomes

The symposium venue in the state of the art Roland Levinsky Building and hosted by the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Plymouth University.
Details of travel options to Plymouth University can be found here


Katharine Willis (Plymouth University) Ava Fatah (UCL), Satyarupa Shekar (CAG), Ana Paula Baltazar (UFMG)


Venue: Room 206-207, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth University

Download a map here

Sunday 10th September 2017

13.00-14.00 Conference Opening
14:00-17.00 Open data workshop
18:30-19.30 Wine Reception

(co-hosted with Dataache conference & including private View of DATA ACHE exhibition)

20.00 Conference Dinner

Monday 10th September 2017

9.00-9.30 Conference Opening

Coffee and registration

9.30-10.30 Conference Panel :

Smart Citizenship (see below for list of papers)

10.30-11.00 coffee
11.00-12.30 Workshop:

DESIGN and the Smart Citizens. The Pathway of Communities

Here we are. Where Community talk, speak out and remain in Light!

Organiser:  Professor Arianna Mazzeo

12.30-13.30 Keynote:

Ayona Datta, Kings College London

13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.00 Presentation of outcomes from the Network
15.00-16.00 Conference Panel :

Engagement in the Smart City (see below for list of papers)

16.30-17.00 coffee
17.00-18.00 Keynote 2 :

Tim Davies, Open Data Services Cooperative

18:00- Conference close

* The conference is part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Ayona Datta, Kings College London
Whose urban futures? Seeing the smart city from India
Bio: My broad research interests are in the critical geographies of smart urbanism, gender citizenships and urban futures in the global north and south. My earlier research examined the connections between transnational urbanism, migrant citizenship, and translocal geographies of belonging. This was particularly related to the resultant transformations in gender relations and citizenship struggles that occupy social, political and environmental spaces of action. My more recent research seeks to advance theoretical and empirical work on postcolonial urbanism through the examination of smart cities as experiments in urban innovation and digital citizenships

Tim Davies, Open Data Services Cooperative
Constructing participatory public data infrastructures: open data standards and the turn to transparency
Bio: Tim is a co-founder and member of Open Data Services Co-operative, working to secure civic impacts from open data. In recent years, he has co-ordinated a global research network on open data in developing countries for the World Wide Web Foundation, contributed to the civil society network shaping the UK’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, supported facilitation and write-up of the International Open Data Conference, and written lots about the open data field whilst studying for a PhD in Web Science. Tim is an affiliate of the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, and lives in Stroud, United Kingdom.


Conference Session Smart Citizenship

Richard Heeks, Satyarupa Shekhar
Urban Data Justice: Inequality, Exclusion and Datafication in the Global South

Flavia Neves Maia
Smart Urbanism as a Politics of Visibility: Crowdsourced Mappings of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

Yu-Shan Tseng
The role of citizens and the digital played out in the ICT-fused public participation projects

William Webster, Charles Leleux
Citizen Engagement in the Smart Sustainable City

Oliver Zanetti
Smart Cities in the Making, The Open University
A mode of civic inclusiveness through smart: implicit activism by blind and partially sighted people PDF

Conference Session: Engagement in the Smart City
Oliver Dawkins
Opening Urban Mirror Worlds: Possibilities for Participation in Digital Urban Dataspaces

Hrishikesh Ballal, Ana Clara Mourão Moura
Towards social Geodesign: A case study in Faenza, Italy

Rafael Pineiro
Making It Up As We Go Along: The Iterative Nature Of Collaborative Platforms

Richard Timmerman, Stephen Marshall, Thanasis Kourniotis
Planning in real-time: exploring the use of interactive design software in promoting social inclusivity and ownership among local residents in the redesign of a London Housing Estate

Gabriele Uchoa
Strategies to Open Data for Development in Lower Income Cities in Latin America – Teresina Agenda 2030.

Sara Heitlinger, Mhairi Weir
Connected Seeds and Sensors: Co-design of Internet of Things for Sustainable Urban Agricultural Communities