REALsMs: Real Smart City

The overarching objective of the Real Smart City (ReaLsMs) is to develop and implement a perspective on the Smart City through critical humanities research and innovation in the context of Digital Studies. The joint research fields of ReaLsMs will be the development of historical and philosophical underpinnings of the Data City and the implementation of the Smart City within local governance structures, including Dublin City Council and Plaine Commune (Paris North).

Consisting of a network of three academic partners in the EU, Technological University of Dublin – School of Creative Arts, Computer Science and Architecture, (TU Dublin, IE), the Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation (IRI) at the Centre Pompidou (FR) and Durham University, the Centre for Humanities Innovation (DU, UK). The 2 non-academic partners located in the EU are Dublin City Council (DCC, IE) and Plaine Commune (FR). The Third Country academic partners are the Universidad de las Artes in Ecuador (UARTES, Ecuador). The purpose of developing this consortium as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange is to share knowledge across disciplines in order to develop a transdisciplinary model for “real smart city,” which is defined as a Smart City that is based on a critical humanities perspective, where citizens are the proper data brokers, engaging through public fora for debate and new technologies that enable citizen participation.

The development of the methodology of contributory research will be a result of this project as a well as the development of a model for Territorial Experimentation of contributory research and the contributory economy. Research-led training has been taking place at the host institution IRI, in conjunction with Plaine Commune (M1-M24). Together with the five IRI ESRs already resident at Plaine Commune, two ESRs from Durham and two from TU Dublin have spent time in Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis working on the implementation of contributory digital research activities in Plaine Commune. They have also engaged with creating mechanisms of evaluation and accreditation to encourage local participation in real smart city projects.

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  • Start date: 1 December 2017
  • PI: Noel Fitzpatrick - Coordinator
  • Acronym: REALsMs
  • Title: Real Smart City
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  • Grant ID: 777707
  • Overall budget: €463,500
Project Contact
  • Noel Fitzpatrick