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His work is concerned with the crossroads of 4 research fields > #Territories #SocialInnovation #Strategy & #Governance
Thus, his main topic is the #CityRegion

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‘Global Sustainable City-Regions’ (Policy Report) as the direct outcome of the MSc Master Lectureship in Global Sustainable Cities at the Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

This policy report, entitled ‘Global Sustainable City-Regions’ is the direct outcome of the new MSc Master Programme in Global Sustainable Cities jointly carried about the lecturer, Dr Igor Calzada, MBA and the seven participants/students working comparatively on seven global city-regional case-studies, as follows: Mumbai, Shenzhen, Reykjavik, Portland, Budapest, Rotterdam and Glasgow.


Joining as Senior Research Fellow the Urban Transformations research team at the University of Oxford

As a part of the Urban Transformations research project team funded by the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council in the UK) based at COMPAS at the University of Oxford, Dr Igor Calzada, MBA will be in charge of the European branch by networking and researching activities: From smart data to infrastructure, participatory design to migration, the Urban Transformations projects share a multidisciplinary focus and a forward-looking vision of how our urban future can be shaped to achieve better outcomes for communities, businesses and local authorities. Together, they establish a foundation of original research and best practice in the UK, Europe and internationally.

More information: http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/about


‘Applied Social Science to Connect Education with Society’ article published in the Basque Studies Society media Euskonews.

This article was requested by Eusko Ikaskuntza, Basque Studies Society, scientific body in the Basque Country. Dr Calzada elaborates on the question that was suggested to him: How can we overcome the divide between humanities and science? The author expresses the importance to invest on an applied social science knowledge field that would bring together both humanities and technical sciences.

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Lectureship at the MSc Master in Global Sustainable Cities by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland) [2015-2016]

Since January 2015, Dr Igor Calzada is Lecturer at the Master MSc in Global Sustainable Cities at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. This new Master will start on September 2015 with two modules that will be in charge of him: Global Cities: Society & Sustainability and Public Policy, Governance and Strategic Change in Cities.


‘Demos-Ethos: A framework to study the Icelandic & Basque cases through Critical Social Innovation and Applied Ethics’ in Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research after intensive fieldwork 2013-2015

During the week of 22nd to 29th September 2013, I spent the field work trip collecting data in Reykjavik (Iceland) for my postdoctoral project ‘Benchmarking Future City-Regions’. Almost, a year and four months later, here is my scientific ethnographic chronicle that has been published in Open Democracy and entitled as follows: ‘Connecting the Basque and Icelandic Cases: An Ethnographic Chronicle about Democratic Regeneration’. As a final outcome of my research in the Icelandic case study, here is the journal article published on October 2015 in the Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research entitled ‘Demos-Ethos: a framework to study the Icelandic and Basque cases through Critical Social Innovation and Applied Ethics’.


‘Political Innovation: Constitutional Change, Self-Government, The Right To Decide & Independence’ Book presentation on 11th November 2015

This book aims to suggest an strategic pathway for the Basque Country in a broader European context. The book is structured in four parts: Constitutional Change, Self-Government, The Right to Decide and Independence. The content of the book is a direct outcome from the Political Innovation 2015 Summer School that took place in St Sebastian in the Basque Country (Spain) in July 9-10 2015, with the participation of a broad political representation ensuring the relevant moment of gathering the five political Basque leaders in a political innovation lab (workshop) in direct interaction with the participants.


Co-Direction of the ‘Political Innovation Summer School 2015: Constitutional Change, Self-government, The Right to Decide and Independence’ 9-10 July 2015, St. Sebastian (Basque Country – Spain)

In July 9-10, the Political Innovation Summer School took place in St. Sebastian – Donostia (Basque Country – Spain). The summer school aims to gather politicians, social movements, academics, entrepreneurs/activists, managers, journalist, officers and so on. The focus will be the territorial debate regarding the re-scaling of Spain and France in reference to the quest for more devolution by the implementation of the right to decide in the Basque Country.


TEDx Montevideo (Uruguay) 2015 Guest Speaker: Bitakora & Fieldwork 12-21 June.

Kindly invited by TEDx Montevideo, Dr Igor Calzada was a guest speaker in the 2015 edition on 15 June. Here is the presentation. The video will be forthcoming soon. Here too the brief visual ethnography and bitakora from the fieldwork carried out by 15th June while TEDxMontevideo edition and after this, in Montevideo.


Comparative Research Project (2012-2015): ‘Benchmarking Future City-Regions: The Basque Country, Catalonia, Scotland, Iceland, Liverpool/Manchester, Oresund, Dublin & Portland’ [www.cityregions.org]

The research project’s website that I have been carrying out since 2012 as a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in the Future of Cities field, with the support of Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science (in collaboration with academic/scientific agents and institutions) and the University of Oxford (UK), Future of Cities Programme, COMPAS and InSIS, has been renowned after different previous versions:


‘Benchmarking Future City-Regions beyond Nation-States’ published by the Journal RSRS Regional Studies Regional Science [Published]

This article addressing and summarising the four-year research project entitled ‘Benchmarking Future City-Regions’ will be published shortly. The article will be published in the OpenAccess (OA) Journal, RSRS Regional Studies Regional Science. The project has been funded by the Basque Foundation for Science, Ikerbasque and was awarded with the Early Career Grant by the RSA Regional Studies Association.

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‘Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City’ published by the Journal of Urban Technology [Published]

This paper explores the subtle notion of unplugging to critically analyze the technological determinism of the Smart City. This exploration suggests that being digitally connected should not be perceived as gaining social capital. This article critiques the assumptions of the Smart City and proposes a ten-dimension conceptual framework. The first section of this article explores hyper-connected societies and how unplugging could be beneficial. The main subjects, Digital Natives, are discussed in the second section of this article. The third section is a decalogue on deconstructing the Smart City, and the final section presents key ideas and questions for future analysis.

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Research Interests

What Do I Research About? Exploration Research Publications
Territories Cities & Regions View 175 177 167
Strategic Methodologies/Tools View 163 167 146
Social innovation Entrepreneurship/Activism & Capital View 166 165 146
Macro Politics & Economy View 172 184 167
Micro Bussiness & Organization View 140 162 138
Comparative Research Territorial Benchmarking & Connection View 158 174 156
Basque View 161 172 146
Qualitative Methodologies/Tools View 130 157 128
Authors View 148 170 128
Creativity View 130 154 127
Techno View 128 154 120

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