Smart City-Regional Comparative <> International <> Interdisciplinary <> Applied Research

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

Media Dissemination of the Basque City-Region/Euskal Hiria book

After presenting the book at the Kursaal Palace in St. Sebastian on 3rd November 2011, there was a sequence of dissemination activities to introduce the book publicly. To sum up, it was presented in November in: El Correo Español, Innobasque, Eutokia, Bizkaie, IdeaLab and Pintxos & Blogs.


Download Euskal Hiria/Basque City-Region Book > presented in the Kursaal Palace – Donostia-St.Sebastian (Spain)

After 6 years of working beween 2005-2011, interviewing and doing some international (mainly USA (Portland, Oregon) & Ireland, but also Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Germany) participative observation field work research about Cities & Territories, Igor Calzada Ph.D. presented the BOOK that was published in a full version in Spanish by the Basque Government-Presidency-External Relations General Secretariat on the 3rd November at 7pm in the Kursaal Congress Hall in St. Sebastian.

Dublin (Ireland) > Connected & Creative City-Region

Since 2000, I was always attracted by Dublin as a city but also as the capital city of Ireland (a country that I have been visited on a large number of occasions). Due to this, I also integrated it in my PhD research agenda, carrying out field work research identifying urban features related to how Dublin was increasingly becoming a Connected and Creative City-Region.

PhD dissertation
MARCH 2008 <> FEBRUARY 2011

PhD Dissertation & Defense Tribunal on 11th Feb 2011 > “Cum Laude”

Dr. Igor Calzada, Ph.D., Lecturer & Researcher at the University of Mondragon and Associate Researcher at the Center for Basque Studies-University of Nevada, Reno (CBS-UNR) read yesterday his dissertation Thesis in Oñati titled "Towards the Basque City? Approached from the Social Innovation Perspective". He got the “Summa CUM LAUDE” qualification with the full agreement from the all members of the Academic Tribunal.

PhD dissertation
MARCH 2008 <> FEBRUARY 2011

PreDoctoral Research Fellowship & Award by the Spanish Princess > Premio Proyecto de Investigación Euskal Hiria / Ciudad Vasca

One month after departing to the USA, to start writing my dissertation in March 2008 I received some very important news: My Doctoral research project about the Basque City-Region (Euskal Hiria / Ciudad-Región Vasca) had been awarded. On May 28th, I received the research award from the hands of the Spanish Princess, Felipe de Borbón and Letizia. I also talked with and met personally the Science & Innovation Minister, Ms Cristina Garmendia.


(Basque) Diaspore 2.0?

Nearly one year ago, I watched the "AmerikanUak" film at the St. Sebastian International Film Festival. It reminded me of many things: Moments and landscapes in which I lived for a year and a half around the Western USA. For sure, it is a really good insight (I would underline the good music of a local Audience group from Gernika). Furthermore I will keep on writing, taking into account this good documentary film which I found really interesting in order to REMIX and REMAKE past notes and ideas.

Congress paper

DSS2016EU > European Cultural Capital City 2016

This is the presentation made in St. Sebastian as the first event to announce the city as the Candidate for the Cultural Capital City 2016. Two notions are mixed into: the Creative City and Connected City, and their implementation strategies.

Media Article

Ciudades “Auténticas”

In this article, after having reflected on Burning Man and started living in Twin Peaks neighbourhood in San Francisco, the author connects the Creative City mindset (referencing authors such as Jacobs, Florida and Landry) to the newly promoted European Capital Cultural City process that his hometown, St. Sebastian, has started managing.

Igor Calzada
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