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


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

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!

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

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.