The "Sustainability means inclusivity" closing festival

SAVE THE DATE! 13 - 14 June 2022, the “Sustainability means inclusivity” closing festival will be organized in Norrköping, Sweden.

A picture of a urban enviroment with a cozy cafe and a park close to the Kungsgatan in Norrköping. Photo credit Image was created by Dong Wang, Malin Müller, Matilda Wallén, Mina Mani & Solith af Malmborg

The two days include presentations, activities, citizen science sessions, urban gardening, time to network, work-in-progress paper discussions and much more, all organized around sessions with our inspiring speakers.

This festival marks the closing phase of a research project in which a team of researchers at Linköping University has been engaging with citizens, technical developers and “top down” stakeholders around a smart city test site in Norrköping, Sweden, to bring together different needs and visions for the urban space.

The closing festival aims to create dialogue between citizens, researchers and other stakeholders through a lively and engaging program of events focused around the themes of citizen science and urban gardening.

For more information about the research project, see our project page.


The festival is organized in collaboration with the Cities 5.0 and Smart City & Digital Sovereignty research networks.

Confirmed speakers

Lauren Klein, Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor, Departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University 

Modan Akbarnazim, Architect, Planner and Process Manager with specialization in Regeneration and Development

Ramon Ribera Fumaz, Lead researcher, Urban Transformation and global change laboratory (TURBA), Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Linda Gustafsson, gender equality strategist and coordinator for the municipality's commission for social sustainability, Umeå

Theo Tryfonas, Professor of Infrastructure Systems & Urban Innovation, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol

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To register for the festival, fill in the short form via this link. The last day to register is 31 May.

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The program is available as a pdf. Please contact and we will send you a copy.

13 june

09:00-10:00 Keynote: "Sense (and) the City: From grassroots IoT sensors and city-fostered Open Data to Urban Observatories"
Theo Tryfonas, Professor of Infrastructure Systems & Urban Innovation, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol. Digitalization and the Internet of Things help cities to improve services, increase productivity and reduce costs. Just as citizens can monitor their heart rate or their blood pressure to understand their fitness levels and identify potential worrying signs, city-scale monitoring of traffic and pollution enables a city to develop insights into low air quality areas and consider improvement measures. As the IoT has become an integral part of life, it provides a platform for the interconnection of everyday objects and the generation of volumes of data. With relatively simple technologies cities and citizens alike are able to sense their environment, e.g., to monitor air quality and pollution in their immediate environment. With caveats about privacy and accuracy, these data sets can complement data that city authorities collect at city scale for validating or improving policies. In this talk, we present examples of sensing capabilities in urban environments from citizen to city scale and discuss the potential role of emerging socio-technical infrastructures such as Urban Observatories (UO), i.e., independent, open, and transparent entities that facilitate the collection and curation of grassroots data as well as stakeholder engagement. We demonstrate how Urban Observatories can become a conduit for alignment of community- and city-level action by referring to a number of city-sensing case studies from the city of Bristol, UK, host of one of six UK Collaboratorium’s for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) UOs.

10:00-10:30 Fika and mingle

10:30-12:00 Workshop: "Smart City and Digital Sovereignty" (part 1)
Desirée Enlund. While data about us and our movements in the city is collected on a massive scale, the issues that come with this remains invisible and intangible. How can we make data more visible? How can digital politics become more tangible? How can we develop a notion of digital sovereignty for and by citizens in the smart city? This session opens a discussion around the collection of citizens’ data in smart cities and how we can regain control of our own data.

10:30-12:00 Fallstudie: "Erfarenheter från Umeå" (på Zoom)
Linda Gustafsson, Jämställdhetstrateg, Umeå kommun. Hur kan vi i städer systematiskt arbeta in ett perspektiv av makt och kön när nya tekniska och digitala innovationer tas fram och implementeras?

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Keynote: "Who is participating in whose process?"
Modan Akbarnazim, Architect, Planner and Process Manager with specialization in Regeneration and Development. Participation is often misused to exclude or manipulate the voices. The keynote explores knowledge alliances as the method of citizen participation in the city planning process. How do we balance the invisible voices with those of influential actors? How does co-creation play a central role in the joint ownership of the citizen dialogue? The keynote gives practical examples from the Amiralsstaden project in Malmö.

14:30-15:00 Fika and mingle  

15:00-16:30 Workshop: "Smart City and Digital Sovereignty" (part 2)
Desirée Enlund. Closed session.

15:00-16:30 Workshop: "Citizen science"
Theo Tryfonas, Vangelis Angelakis

15:00-16:30 Work in progress paper session

17:30-19:30 Stadsodling i Hageby
Arrangeras av Portalen Hageby. Är du intresserad av stadsodling? Kom då till Hageby för att se den nya odlingsplatsen i staden som byggs av kvarteret själva! Deltagarna kommer att träffa Hagebyborna, lära sig mer om hur de planerar att odla mat, kanske även göra lite stadsodlingsarbete tillsammans och fika. Evenemanget är kostnadsfritt och buss ordnas för resa till och från Hageby. Glöm inte att anmäla dig, vi ser fram emot att träffa dig! (Endast 12 platser med möjlighet att registrera sig på plast under festivalen.)

14 june

09:00-10:00 Keynote: "The smart city is dead. Long live to the right to the city!"

Ramon Ribera Fumaz, Urban Transformation and global change laboratory, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Based on the last decade’s experience with smart technologies in Barcelona. I will argue that the Smart City, as a socio-technological paradigm is dead and this is a good thing. This opens to rethinking & repoliticise the Digital City without falling on technological solutionism.

10:00-10:30 Fika and mingle

10:30-12:00 Workshop: "Cities 5.0" (part 1)
Organizer: Vangelis Angelakis. The role of the citizens in designing sustainable urban transport solutions.

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Keynote: "What is Data Feminism?"
Lauren F. Klein, Departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University

14:30-15:00 Fika and mingle 

15:00-16:30 Workshop: "Cities 5.0" (part 2)
Vangelis Angelakis. Closed session.

15:00-16:30 Workshop: "Sensory experience of sustainable spaces"
Modan Akbarnazim and Veronica Wiman. How would we live in a sustainable city? What will be sensory experiences be in the spaces? How to activate senses to experience sustainable spaces? How would our bodily senses experience the sustainable spaces?

15:00-16:30 Work in progress paper session

(Italic means that the activity will be held in Swedish.)

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