Hi everyone! My name is Samantha, I’m an urban geographer based in Turin and I’ll be working for the next three years as principal investigator in the project “Sustainable Cities and Digital Participation”, in partnership with Edgeryders (thanks to @alberto) and in close collaboration with @chiara.certoma
The project’s provisional title is “Sustainable cities and digital participation. Analysing and modelling digital social innovation processes in the governance of urban sustainability in Turin and Brussels”. The project revolves around the identification, analysis and modeling of digitally enabled social innovation initiatives for tackling sustainability challenges in the city and fueling democratic participation processes. By adopting qualitative-quantitative research methods (including web-mining and mapping, Semantic Social Network Analysis 6 (thanks to Edgeryders’ support), participatory observation, discourse analysis and in-deep interviews) I will investigate the operational practices and the knowledge sharing fluxes that characterise the work of the social innovators working on (socio) environmental sustainability challenges in Turin and Bruxelles. Urban regeneration processes performed via ecological co-housing, green infrastructure restoration and public space commoning are potentially investigated.
The project has just started and I’ll be working on finetuning it during the next weeks. Very excited to start and learn more about the community!