Data-driven urbanism as a space for deliberative urban democracy?

Authors: Sarah Barns*, University of Western Sydney
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography, Australia and New Zealand
Keywords: Smart cities, platform urbanism, open data
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Washington 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In this paper I discuss my experience working at the nexus of critical urban scholarship and data-driven urban policy. Presenting a series of case studies, including dashboards and urban data strategies, that link critical analyses of open data research, policy mobilities, platform urbanism and smart cities, I discuss the importance of deliberative dialogue with diverse actors involved in contemporary city making as critical to the ongoing project of deliberative democracy and inclusive urbanism.

Spanning collaborations with Australia’s National Data Science Agency Data61, property developers and local government organisations, this work seeks to make sense of how notions of digital public space can be articulated with digital city and smart city policy contexts. A collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach, I argue, enacts deliberative dialogue with diverse actors, but also provides fruitful directions for future research by engaging emerging critical and methodological challenges for machine learning and urban science.

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