Five day summer school on interdisciplinary approaches to the smart city organized by the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute.

This summer school on ‘The Smart City’ aims to address the smart city from an interdisciplinary perspective. We assess how the introduction of ICT-technologies and data infrastructures transform contemporary cities and put the smart city in historical perspective. We analyse dynamics of in- and exclusion and the role of citizens in smart cities and look at the political economy of the smart city. The summer school also includes field trips to bottom-up smart city initiatives and the Antwerp City of Things project and provides room for participants to present and discuss their ongoing smart city projects.  The summer school combines lectures by a range of distinguished external speakers and local staff from the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute with field trips and discussion sessions.

Guest speakers include Guy Baeten (Lund University), Christine Boyer (Princeton University), Ilse Mariën (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), MIT Senseable Lab (MIT), Tsjalling Swierstra (Maastricht University), Paolo Cardullo (Maynooth University), Steven Latré (University of Antwerp, City of Things) and Wouter Van Dooren (University of Antwerp).

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When and where

4 – 8 September 2017, Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium


Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies or related fields (including urban planning and design, urban history, architecture, urban geography, urban economics, urban sociology, urban cultural studies).

Registration fee

€300. University of Antwerp students are entitled to a refund of €150.

Application details

Online before 5 June 2017


3 ECTS credits are awared upon successful completion of the programme.

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