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

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
We welcome contributions from academics, city governance, NGO’s, community groups and industry experts.

The conference will be co-located with Data AcheThe 21st International Conference on the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA)

Sunday 10th September – Doctoral session/data workshop/conference papers
Monday 11th September –main conference papers, network outcomes

Submissions are invited to one of the following tracks:
-conference papers
-doctoral session (for PhD students)
– open data workshop
Please send a 500 word abstract together with a 200 word bio to:
Please indicate if you are submitting for main conference session, workshop or doctoral session
deadline: 30th June 2017

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



Sunday 10th September 2017

9.30-13.00 Doctoral Session

Open data workshop

13.00-14.00 Conference Opening
14:00-16.00 Conference Panel 1: Smart Citizenship
16:00-17.00 Plenary discussion
17:00-18.00 Keynote 1: TBC
19.00-21.00 Conference Dinner

Monday 11th December 2017

9.30-10.00 Coffee
10.00-12.00 Conference Panel 2: Autonomy in the Smart City
12.00-13.00 Presentation of outcomes from the Network
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Conference Panel 3: Engagement in the Smart City
16.00-17.00 Discussion
17.00-18.00 Keynote 2 : TBC
18:00-19.00 Conference close

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