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

Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Maynooth University
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The Programmable City Project

The Programmable City project is investigating the relationship between networked digital technologies and infrastructures and urban management and governance and city life. In particular, it is concerned with how cities are increasingly being translated into code and data, and how these code and data are being used to transduce how we understand, manage, work, and live in the city and to produce ‘smart cities’. The project seeks to uncover specific processes of translation and transduction – how particular technologies are conceived, developed and deployed in practice and their consequence – yet also consider their wider effects and implications in terms of fostering data-driven, networked urbanism and the creation of smart cities. Fieldwork is being carried out principally in Dublin, with a secondary site in Boston.

More details on the project can be found on the project website:

The key texts orientating the original conceptual approach to the project are Kitchin, R. and Dodge, M. (2011) Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life (MIT Press) and Kitchin, R. (2014) The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences (Sage).

The Role

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

The researcher will critically examine:

  • 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; and/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.

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.

Further information:

Full details of the post including full job description and application procedures are available at:

The completed application documents should be forwarded by email to arrive no later than midnight, Monday, 5th of December, 2016.

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