Postdoctoral Researcher x 2 (14 month contract) - Programmable City Project, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award to Prof. Rob Kitchin, we are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to work on The Programmable City project.

Preferably the posts will critically examine either:

• the production of software underpinning smart city technologies and how software developers translate rules, procedures and policies into a complex architecture of interlinked algorithms that manage and govern how people traverse or interact with urban systems.

• the political economy of smart city technologies and initiatives; the creation of smart city markets; the inter-relation of urban (re)development and smart city initiatives; the relationship between vendors, business lobby groups, economic development agencies, and city administrations; financialization and new business models; or,

• the relationship between the political geography of city administration, governance arrangements, and smart city initiatives; political and legal geographies of testbed urbanism and smart city initiatives; smart city technologies and governmentality; or,

We are prepared to consider any other proposal that critical interrogates the relationship between software, data and the production of smart cities and there will be some latitude to negotiate with the principal investigator the exact focus of the research undertaken.

While some of the research will require primary fieldwork, it is anticipated it will also involve the secondary analysis of data already generated by the project.

The project will be based in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at Maynooth University.

Principal Duties

Beyond undertaking the primary research and writing up the findings for scholarly journals and presenting papers about the research at meetings and conferences, team members are expected to actively contribute to the following activities.

• Writing blog posts and help maintain the project’s accompanying website and contribute to the project’s social media.
• Organize workshops, seminars and conferences.
• Liaise with stakeholders
• Undertake all necessary reporting for the funder.
• Archive the data generated for further use by other researchers.
• Attend project meetings