Smart City and Digital Sovereignty Research Network

The Smart City and Digital Sovereignty research network is an interdisciplinary collaboration that focuses on how digital sovereignty can be used as a tool to ensure citizens needs and wants are addressed in smart city developments.

Planning for a sustainable and inclusive urban environment must be addressed on a global scale. The most promising solution lies in development and use of smart city technologies. But smart city projects have been criticised for ignoring the diverse needs of the local population and increasing social divides. Data is a key area where tensions between different stakeholders play out and becomes a more pressing issue as more cities implement ‘smart’ technologies. The concept of ‘digital sovereignty’ encapsulates the idea of controlling the use of one’s own data and can be applied to scales from the state, city, organization to the individual, providing opportunities to integrate the individual with collective aspects of sovereignty in our digital world.

Two workshops in 2021

The network will organise two workshops in 2021, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers engaged in the emerging area of users’ digital sovereignty in the specific context of the smart city. 


This network is supported by a Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Research Initiation grant (F21-0029).

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Welcome to the workshop Smart city and digital sovereignty

This online workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts to exchange knowledge and practice. We also welcome researchers, public employees and students with an interest in urban planning, digital geography, design, critical data studies, STS and technology to attend the workshop.

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