Project Title: Asian Cities: Liveability, Sustainability, Diversity and Spaces of Encounter
Start Date: NOV/2010 End Date: NOV/2013
This project adopts a multi-disciplinary social science analysis (which includes nature-society approaches, technological considerations, planning and discourses) to examine four Asian cities. It aims to contribute to urban theory and urban studies through providing effective and accurate understandings of what is taking place, and may occur in the future. Through an interdisciplinary approach the project provides holistic understandings of the key workings of urban social, cultural, environmental and technological inter-relationships, processes and transformations. Current social urban studies and environmental urban studies tend to remain separate from each other; on the contrary this study brings both components together.
Project Title: Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies
Start Date: JAN/2013 End Date: SEP/2017
Project Title: Smart Cities: Provincializing the Global Urban Age in India and South Africa
Start Date: JAN/2018 End Date: DEC/2020
This project begins with the broad hypothesis that the global circulation of smart cities (new cities from scratch and retrofitted) are translated in different global south contexts through local visions, technologies and built manifestations. This will form the basis of developing an empirical and theoretical research agenda around ‘smart urbanism’ that captures the local historical, political and alternative forms of data-driven urbanism from the grassroots. Through a comparative study of smart cities in India and South Africa, this project will research globally circulating urban development narratives around ICT and data-driven urbanism, its ‘mutations’ in different urban contexts and ‘urban hacking’ at the scale of everyday life. The outcomes of the project will thus move beyond a critical stance to provide prosaic visions of smart urbanism that are alternative, empowering and knowledge intensive.