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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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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.


‘Visions of Future Cities: How to Become an Urban Animal’ PechaKucha on 25th September 2015 at the City Observatory in the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland – UK)

Dr Igor Calzada will deliver a presentation on 25th September 2015 in Glasgow in the PechaKucha event entitle ‘Visions of Future of Cities’ at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He will provide some recommendations regarding the strategic change in cities.


Catalunya 27S: The outcome of a paradiplomatic and postindependentist international strategy. (Published in Norabidea platform).

In 3 days time, Catalonia will pursue its self-determination right by voting in regional elections as it was supposed to be a independence referendum. In a very awkward context, a long process has been followed to reach the 27th September (#27s) election. In this uncertain in which Catalonia’s quarrel with Spain seems to be endless, Dr Calzada analyses the international dimension of the Catalan quest for independence under the permanent Spanish threat to block any attempt in this direction.


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.

JUT 2015

‘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 168 169 160
Strategic Methodologies/Tools View 156 159 140
Social innovation Entrepreneurship/Activism & Capital View 159 157 140
Macro Politics & Economy View 163 175 160
Micro Bussiness & Organization View 133 154 132
Comparative Research Territorial Benchmarking & Connection View 150 165 148
Basque View 155 164 140
Qualitative Methodologies/Tools View 123 149 122
Authors View 140 161 122
Creativity View 124 146 122
Techno View 121 146 115

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