Smart Citizenship

Workshop Agenda
Workshop 1 of the AHRC Network ‘Whose Right to the Smart City” is hosted by CAG in Chennai and is a three day event in June 2016.  The agenda is below and an overview of the workshop, including intended outcomes and outputs, can be found on the News page.


Day 1| June 26: Field Visit | Panagal Park, T Nagar, Chennai
The first day of the workshop will be spent in the proposed smart city area of T Nagar. During the visit the group will gain a better understanding of the current state of the area and envision how the area will change with the implementation of smart city changes. This will be done through a paper mapping exercise carried out in T Nagar. Participants will map different layers of infrastructure currently in place in T Nagar and later compare their findings with changes outlined in the Chennai proposal.

The outcomes of the first day of the workshop can be viewed here:

Day 2| June 27: Discussion Workshop
The first half of the day will consist of group discussions anchored by presentations laying out an institutional perspective, a legal framework for understanding implications of the policy and implementation structures in India, Brazil and UK. Additionally, there will be specific presentations of Bangalore, Chennai and Pune proposals focusing on key issues of concern. The group will use these presentations to form the basis of a wider discussion about key issues and concerns with the Smart Cities Mission in India.

For the afternoon sessions, the group will split up into small groups to discuss the key concerns identified in the morning session. The output of the discussion will center around a shared research framework and action-oriented steps for challenging and monitoring the smart cities projects as they move forward. Additionally each group should come up with a few key research questions to help guide further knowledge building around smart cities.

Day 3| June 28: Discussion workshop continued
During the first half of the third day the group will reconvene as a whole and discuss the outcomes of the previous day’s discussions. The group will then work together discuss and build a framework for researchers and practitioners to challenge and engage with smart cities projects taking into account the key concerns. Additionally, the group will put together a series of guiding questions for further research into smart cities projects. The workshop will conclude with final thoughts on the next steps that the group can adopt for research and action.


Day 1 | June 26 | Sunday
13:00 – 18:00 Site visit to T Nagar All Participants
Day 2 | June 27 | Monday
09:00 – 10:30 Country perspectives:





Magdalena Cooper

Ana Baltazar

Katherine Willis/ Ava Fatah

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/ Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Thematic perspectives:

Legal and constitutional

Public finance



NL Rajah

Himanshu Damle

Nandini Chami

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 City presentations:




First 20 cities


Brinda Sastry

Satyarupa Shekhar

Ranjit Gadgil

Durganand Balsavar

15:00 – 15:30 Tea/ Coffee
15:30 – 17:00 Research and Action – Initial thoughts All participants
17:00 – 18:00 Synthesis and documentation All participants
19:30 – 21:00 Dinner All participants
Day 3 | June 28 | Tuesday
09:00 – 10:30 Research framework – Detailed discussions All participants
10:30 – 11:00 Tea/ Coffee
11:00 – 12:30 Action plan  – Detailed discussions All participants
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Synthesis and next steps All participants

Guest Participants
Himanshu Damle– PFPAC, public finance and accountability collective, Delhi
Vaishnavi – health, disaster management
Brindra Sastry – Urban Designer and Planner, RV College of Architecture, Bangelore
Nandini Chami – IT for Change, Bangelore
Rajagopal Balakrishnan– Urban studies and Planning, MIT
Ranjit Gadgil – Parisar, Pune
Mukul Kumar – PhD student, UC Berkeley
Karen Coelho– Urban transformations, Madras Institute of Development Studies
Kay Saran – culture research centre, Chennai
Magdalena Cooper – Public Policy, University of Edinburgh
Bikshka Radnikrishnan- PG, Maths, Berkeley
Tara Murali– Architect, Chennai
Vankat T- TN labour blog, Chennai
Shaktiman Ghosh – National Hawkers Federation, Delhi
K. Sudhir Kumar– Architect, Commonweal
Durganand Balsavar- Architect, Chennai
Dharmesh Shah, Centre for Technology and Policy, Chennai
R Savvilam Parithi, Indian Association of Lawyers, National Hawkers Federation