Working across boundaries in smart city research

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  • Henrik Korsgaard
  • Sarah Kristin Thiel
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  • Vanessa Thomas
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  • Titiana Ertiö, University of Turku

In this paper, four early career researchers discuss and reflect upon the unique research space offered by Smart City projects. We do so in an attempt to publicly reconcile some of the tensions and difficulties that we encountered while collaborating across organisational boundaries during three "Smart City" projects, which we briefly outline in the paper. We focus our discussion on four types of tensions that we encountered: motivations; accountability; participation, and; qualifying success. We believe that the tensions we encountered in our projects, and that we discuss in this paper, might be experienced similarly by other early career researchers. By sharing our tensions, raising our questions, and proposing some preliminary answers to those questions based on our experiences and reflections, we hope to provoke a discussion amongst our dg.o peers that will lead to improved future collaborations, a supportive community environment and, ultimately, smoother Smart City research projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research : Governance in the Data Age
EditorsCharles C. Hinnant, Anneke Zuiderwijk
Number of pages10
Place of publicationACM New York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year30 May 2018
Article number39
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365260
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2018
Event19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Data Age, DG.O 2018 - Delf, Netherlands
Duration: 30 May 20181 Jun 2018


Conference19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Data Age, DG.O 2018
Sponsor4TU. Center for Research Data, Digital Government Society, Emerald Publishing, IOS Press

    Research areas

  • Citizen-centric projects, Interorganisational collaboration, Participation, Reflections, Smart city cases

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