Smart urbanization is quickly emerging as an influential approach to realise more sustainable cities by integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) with existing infrastructure services. Smart projects are often situated in designated innovation districts, demonstration areas, and testbeds sites that promise to deliver radical innovation. To date, there has been little evidence of how these bounded spaces of innovation influence the patterns, policies, and politics of urban development.

This PhD studentship involves a four-year study of the political and spatial aspects of smart urbanization in Europe. The researcher will investigate how notions of smart are conceived and enacted in distinct spatial configurations and how these activities inform urban development policies and dynamics. Research activities will involve comparative ethnographic and spatial analysis of smart projects in various European cities. The position is based at Urban and regional studies at the KTH campus in central Stockholm. Andrew Karvonen is project leader and supervisor.

The candidate will possess a Master’s degree or equivalent competence in a relevant discipline such as urban and regional planning, human geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, public administration, environmental science or science & technology studies, or similar academic subjects.

Application deadline: March 20.

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