Post-doc position at NeuchÃ¢tel University (Switzerland) in â€œSurveillance Studiesâ€ and â€œUrban Policy Mobilities Studiesâ€
Institute of Geography, NeuchÃ¢tel University, Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, CH-2000 NeuchÃ¢tel
We are seeking a postdoctoral-level scholar for an 18-months research project on â€œSmarter Cities: New Urban Policy Model in the Makingâ€
The term â€˜Smarter Citiesâ€™ stands for the range of current efforts, aiming at the creation of the â€˜future cityâ€™ as an interconnected, digitized and â€˜technologically empoweredâ€™ system of connections, processes and flows. At their core, smarter cities initiatives thus imply a world of perfect ordering and regulation-at-a-distance that relies, fundamentally, on the coding of social life into software. Yet such processes of ordering and software sorting are never neutral, whether the collection, classification and analysis of data aim at greater efficiency, speed, convenience or security.
The project aims to highlight a number of critical issues – and to assess their potential implications for individuals and social groups – arising from the organizational settings and situated coalitions of authority underpinning current efforts towards smarter cities. It does so through the empirical investigation of two initiatives devoted to the elaboration of novel best practices and technologies for smarter cities: Future Cities Laboratory, a research platform in Singapore developed by the ETH Zurich and two partner universities (1) and Ittigen, one of the most coveted test municipalities in Switzerland for the development of new smart city solutions (2).
Francisco Klauser & Ola SÃ¶derstrÃ¶m, Institute of Geography, NeuchÃ¢tel UniversityJob Description
18 months contract
Project start: January 2012
Annual salary: 69’000 Swiss Francs
The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Geography at NeuchÃ¢tel University. He/she will be expected to do fieldwork in Berne (Switzerland) and Singapore. We also encourage PhD students who are completing or have recently completed their degree work to apply.
Language: English, and, preferably, either French or German (both written and oral)
Interest in â€œsurveillance studiesâ€ literature and research, and/or knowledge of â€œurban policy mobilities studiesâ€
Closing Date & procedures
10 September 2011
Applicants should submit a CV, a letter describing suitability for the fellowship, one writing sample, and the contact information for two references to: Francisco Klauser, Assistant Professor, Institute of Geography, NeuchÃ¢tel University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries or expressions of interest should be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Institut de GÃ©ographie
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