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2022
Sep 26

Promoted to Principal Research Fellow (Reader) academic position at Cardiff University (since August 2022)

Dr Calzada has been promoted to Principal Research Fellow (Reader) academic position at Cardiff University (since August 2022)

Apr 20

Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence 2022-2023 by US-UK Fulbright Commission

Dr Igor Calzada has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) for the 2022-2023 academic year by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by US-UK Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright SIR Program review committee convened by IIE’s Council for International...

Feb 24

Article entitled ‘ The Dilemmas Around Digital Citizenship in a Post-Brexit and Post-Pandemic Northern Ireland: Towards an Algorithmic Nation?’ published in the journal Citizenship Studies

To cite this article: Calzada, I. & Bustard, J. (2022), The Dilemmas Around Digital Citizenship in a Post-Brexit and Post-Pandemic Northern Ireland: Towards an Algorithmic Nation? 25(6-8). Citizenship Studies, Special Issue ‘Digital Citizenship in the Post-Pandemic Urban Realm’. DOI:10.1080/13621025.2022.2026565.

Jan 13

Article entitled ‘Emerging Digital Citizenship Regimes: Pandemic, Algorithmic, Liquid, Metropolitan, and Stateless Citizenships’ published in the journal Citizenship Studies

To cite this article: Calzada, I. (2021), Emerging Digital Citizenship Regimes: Pandemic, Algorithmic, Liquid, Metropolitan, and Stateless Citizenships. Citizenship Studies 25(6-8). Special Issue ‘Digital Citizenship in the Post-Pandemic Urban Realm’. DOI:10.1080/13621025.2021.2012312.

2021
Dec 20

100 Most Influencial Academics in Government Apolitical List

Honoured having been listed among 100 Most Influencial Academics in Government according to Apolitical.

Nov 22

Article entitled ‘People-Centered Smart Cities: An Exploratory Action Research on the Cities’ Coalition for Digital Rights’ published in the Journal of Urban Affairs

To cite this article: Calzada, I., Pérez-Batlle, M., & Batlle-Montserrat, J. (2021), People-Centered Smart Cities: An Exploratory Action Research on the Cities’ Coalition for Digital Rights. Journal of Urban Affairs, 43(10), 1-26. DOI:10.1080/07352166.2021.1994861.

Nov 15

Call for Papers, Research Topic/Special Issue: Postpandemic Technopolitical Democracies, Frontiers in Political Science, Politics of Technology (Editor)

About this Research Topic Submission Deadlines 03 February 2022 Abstract 03 April 2022 COVID-19 has hit citizens dramatically, not only creating a general risk-driven environment encompassing a wide array of economic vulnerabilities but also exposing them to pervasive digital risks, such as biosurveillance, misinformation, and...

Nov 15
Nov 15
Nov 15

Teaching Seminar about ‘Data Co-operatives through Data Sovereignty: Towards Digital Foundational Economy?’, WISERD, Cardiff University (UK) (30/11/2021)

Presented by Igor Calzada  This presentation is based on Dr Calzada’s recently published paper ‘Data Cooperatives through Data Sovereignty’* Highlights: 1.    Data are not the oil of the Twenty-First Century; they are people. 2.    Stemming from a recent published paper*, this seminar sheds light on...

Nov 15

Invited speaker at ‘Fostering Inclusive Growth to “Level Up” the UK: Lessons from the Basque Country’, Aston Centre for Europe & Foreign Policy Centre, Aston University (UK) (29/11/2021)

Fostering inclusive growth to ‘level up’ the UK: Lessons from the Basque Country Speakers: Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar, Director of Economic Strategy, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Bill Murray, Former Head of Economics and Public Policy at the British Embassy in Spain Dr Igor Calzada,...

Oct 16

Article entitled ‘The Right to Have Digital Rights in Smart Cities’ published in the journal Sustainability

To cite this article: Calzada, I. (2021), The Right to Have Digital Rights in Smart Cities. Sustainability 13(20), 11438. DOI:10.3390/su132011438. Special Issue “Social Innovation in Sustainable Urban Development”.

Sep 05

Article entitled ‘Data Co-operatives through Data Sovereignty’ published in the journal Smart Cities

The article entitled ‘Data Co-operatives through Data Sovereignty’ published in the journal Smart Cities in Open Access. This article illustrates an open debate in data governance and the data justice field related to current trends and challenges in smart cities, resulting in a new approach advocated...

Apr 14

Article entitled ‘Data Co-operatives in Pandemic Times’ published in the journal Public Seminar

This is article entitled ‘Data Co-operatives in Pandemic Times’ published in the journal Public Seminar in Open Access. This article suggests avoiding ‘co-op whitewashing,’: experiments with data co-ops should be co-developed with communities connected to the long history and analysis of the various forms of cooperatives....

Apr 13

Article entitled ‘Pandemic Citizenship: Will COVID-19 Reinforce Nation-States’ Borders and Liquify Citizens?’ published in the journal Academia Letters

The article entitled ‘Pandemic Citizenship: Will COVID-19 Reinforce Nation-States’ Borders and Liquify Citizens?’ published in the journal Academia Letters in Open Access. This article introduces the term ‘pandemic citizenship’ by sparking a debate regarding the way borders in nation-states may have been reinforced as as result...

Mar 31

Article entitled ‘Pandemic Citizenship Amidst Stateless Algorithmic Nations: Digital Rights and Technological Sovereignty’ published through Coppieters Foundation

The article entitled ‘Pandemic Citizenship Amidst Stateless Algorithmic Nations: Digital Rights and Technological Sovereignty at Stake’ published via Coppieters Foundation in Open Access. This article introduces the term ‘pandemic citizenship’ to better understand the extreme circumsntances in which citizens have been surviving. To cite this...

Jan 21

Article entitled ‘Book Review: Smart City Citizenship’ published in the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs

The article entitled ‘Book Review: Smart City Citizenship’ published in the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs in Open Access. To cite this article: Calzada, I. (2021), Book Review: Smart City Citizenship, Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs 5(1), 145-150. DOI:10.25034/ijcua.2021-v5n1-7. Abstract: Against the backdrop of the current...

2020
Oct 25
Oct 09
Oct 06

Article entitled ‘Democratising Smart Cities? Penta-Helix Multistakeholder Social Innovation Framework’ published in the journal Smart Cities

Article entitled ‘Democratising Smart Cities? Penta-Helix Multistakeholder Social Innovation Framework’ published in the journal Smart Cities

Sep 08
Aug 05

‘COVID-19 + Brexit’ article in the newspaper Berria (a newspaper in Basque language)

The article examines the scientific interrelation between COVID-19 and post-Brexit scenario.

Jun 28

Article entitled ‘Algorithmic Governance & AI in the Post COVID-19 Society’ published in the journal GALDE

The article and the 29 Volume of the journal Galde will be published online by 7th July 2020 here. To cite this article: Calzada, I. (2020), Algorithmic Governance & AI in the Post COVID-19 Society // Herrigintza Algoritmikoa eta Adimen Artifiziala Post COVID-19 Gizartean. Galde...

Jun 28

Dissemination article entitled ‘Europe need a revolution in the administration’ about TGPPP journal article

Dr Igor Calzada has been the co-authored of the article published in www.dobetter.ESADE.edu in collaboration with Dr Esteve Almirall. Here there is the link to the article. To cite this dissemination article please stick to this format: Almirall, E. & Calzada, I. (2020), Europe needs...

May 28

‘Techno Politics’: new article published in the dissemination site of the domain .EUS

This article remarks the importance of the techno-political stance amidst the post COVID-19 world geopolitics for the domain .EUS, representing the wide global Basque community.

May 25

Forthcoming chapter in the ‘Handbook on the Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics’ by Edward Elgar

Dr Calzada has contributed to the Handbook on the Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics.

May 25
May 25
Apr 15

Article entitled ‘Setting Up the Basque Algorithmic Nation: Technological Sovereignty Amidst the Post-COVID-19 Society’ being published in the portal TM eLab

Dr Calzada has contributed to a city-regional reflection in the Basque Country through the first issue launched by TM eLab (Telesforo Monzon eLab) to address the technological sovereignty issue in the EU realm given the timely urgent scenario emerged with the post-COVID-19 society. ABSTRACT: This...

Apr 10
Apr 08
Mar 23
Mar 19

‘Will COVIDー19 be the end of theGlobal Citizen?’ article published in Apolitical

Dr Calzada has published in Apolitical the article entitled 'Will COVID-19 be the end of the Global Citizen?'

Mar 08

‘Irlanda, gure bihotzean’ (Ireland, in our heart) opinion article in the newspaper Berria (a newspaper in Basque language)

This article examines the General Elections 2020 outcome in Ireland and analyses political potential effects on issues such as reunification and the Unity Referendum, among others.

Feb 22

Analysis on the consequences of Brexit for the Basque Country in Euskalerria Irratia Radio (Spain) (21/04/2019)

After the clear outcome of the General Elections in December 2019, Dr Calzada, as an academic of the University of Oxford, gave a brief analysis of the social context after the effective Brexit outcome. In this analysis, he highlighted the ongoing trade negotiation and changes...

Jan 25

Book review ‘Smart City Barcelona’ forthcoming in the International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS)

Dr Calzada has reviewed the book 'Smart City Barcelona' for the International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS).

Jan 25

Accepted paper in the Data Justice Lab 2020 Conference at Cardiff University (UK) (28-29/05/2020, Cardiff, UK)

The paper by Dr Calzada entitled 'Data and Platform Co-operatives amidst the European Algorithmic and Liquid Citizenship' has been accepted in Data Justice Lab 2020 Conference at Cardiff University (UK) on 28-29 May 2020.

Jan 05

Invited speaker at ‘Building Smart Cities with Citizens and for the Commonweal: A Symposium’ Conference at Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, University of Liverpool (09/03/2020)

Dr Calzada participates at the Conference entitled 'Governing the Smart City Progressively' at the University of Liverpool, invited by Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place.

Jan 05
Jan 05

Invited keynote speaker in Topaldia 2020, Bilbao (Spain) (6/02/2020)

Dr Igor Calzada participates as invited keynote speaker at Topaldia event organised by the social movements of the Basque Country working to foster the use of the Basque language in society.

Jan 03
Jan 03

Analysis on the consequences of Brexit for the Basque Country in the Basque TV (Spain) (28/12/2019)

2019 UK General Elections' outcome and Brexit aftermath in the Basque TV.

2019
Nov 21

Invited guest speaker by the King’s College London (KCL) for the panel ‘Life at the edge of nations: Hong Kong, Kashmir, Catalonia’ in London (UK) (14/11/2019)

Dr Igor Calzada was invited by the King's College by participating in the panel entitled 'Life at the edge of nations: Hong Kong, Kashmir, Catalonia'.

Nov 01

Co-leading ‘Review Meeting & General Assembly’ of the EU-H2020-Replicate-Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) in Florence (Italy) (28-31/10/2019)

Dr Calzada co-leads the WP8 Replication by presenting preliminary findings on multistakeholders framework and 'City-to-City-Learning' Programme coordinated for the whole 2019.

Sep 20
Sep 19

‘Brexit: erraietatik’ (Brexit: from inside, from the guts) opinion article in the newspaper Berria (a newspaper in Basque language)

The article revolves around the volatile Brexit context by giving several insights referring to the democratic dysfunctional nature of it.

Sep 12

Co-directing the Summer School ‘Smart Rural Communities’ on 12-13 September 2019 in St. Sebastian (Spain)

Dr Calzada co-directed the Summer School 'Smart Rural Communities' that aims to experiment a new international development model based on the SDGs.

Sep 07

‘Catalonia Rescaling Spain: Is It Feasible to Accommodate Its “Stateless Citizenship”?’ article has been published in the journal Regional Science Policy & Practice

The article entitled ‘Catalonia Rescaling Spain: Is It Feasible to Accommodate Its "Stateless Citizenship"?' has been published in Regional Science, Policy & Practice journal.

Aug 31
Aug 13

Lecturing on the 2019 Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Course at the University of Oxford

Dr Calzada lectures on the 2019 Summer Humanities and Social Sciences Course at the University of Oxford at St. Anthony's College on Smart Cities and Experimental Cities.

Jun 01
May 29

Accepted paper on the International Symposium ‘Cities Against Nationalism?’ at University of Kent (18/06/2019, UK)

Dr Calzada presents his accepted paper in the International Symposium: Cities Against Nationalism? held by the University of Kent (UK).

May 28
Apr 25

Media interview in the Basque TV regarding the second Scottish independence announcement by the Scottish FM, Nicola Sturgeon

Dr Calzada was kindly interviewed by the Basque Public TV (Euskal Telebista), regarding the recent Scottish independence announcement by 2012 made by the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Apr 17

‘Seeing Tourism Transformations in Europe through Algorithmic, Techno-Political and City-Regional Lenses’ book chapter is forthcoming via Coppieters Foundation

Dr Calzada has contributed to the volume on tourism as a result of the symposium that took place at the University of Deusto in May 2018. The publication is forthcoming in June 2019.

Apr 15

Accepted paper at the Data for Policy 2019 International Conference in the UCL-London (10-12/06/2019, UK)

Dr Igor Calzada will participate in co-authorship with Dr Esteve Almirall from the ESADE Business School in Barcelona in the Data for Policy 2019 conference.

Apr 15

Invited speaker in the 1st Chile Conference UK of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Governance, University of Oxford (25/05/2019, UK)

Dr Igor Calzada will participate as speaker at the 1st Conference of Public Policy organised by students of the LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge on 24 and 25th May 2019.

Apr 15

Participating at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 (#aagDC) as presenter and panelist in Washington DC (3-6/04/2019, USA)

Dr Igor Calzada participated in the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 by presenting a co-authored paper and taking part as panelist.

Apr 15
Apr 15

Speaker in the European Smart Projects Summit H2020-SCC in San Sebastian (26-27/03/2019, Spain)

Dr Igor Calzada participated as an expert in the round table about Data Governance by presenting some updates about his research on data commons.

Mar 01
Feb 18

Co-founder of the spin-off Translokal (Academic Entrepreneurship for Policy Making): Portfolio 2014-2019

In 2014, Dr Calzada founded an spin-off called Translokal – Academic Entrepreneurship for Policy Making. Here the portfolio generated in the last five years: 2014-2019.

Feb 15

‘Deciphering Smart City Citizenship: The Techno-Politics of Data and Urban Co-operative Platforms’ article is forthcoming in the journal RIEV

The article entitled ‘Deciphering Smart City Citizenship: The Techno-Politics of Data and Urban Co-operative Platforms’ is forthcoming in RIEV journal by March 2019.

Jan 23

Urban Governance and City Policies Winter School 2019 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (25/01/2019, Spain)

Dr Calzada participates in the Urban Governance and City Policies Winter School 2019 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona organised by Barcelona Gov.

Jan 23

Smart Municipalities Symposium: #HerriSmartik Strategic Programme for the Basque Country Municipalities (24/01/2019, Spain)

On 24th January, Dr Calzada scientifically directed the strategy through conducting the Smart Municipalities Symposium from the programme #HerriSmartik.

Jan 05
2018
Oct 14

‘Future of Urban Living international consultation’ at the Windsor Castle, St George House (13-14/12/2018, UK)

Dr Igor Calzada will take part in 'The Future of Urban Living Consultation' that will take place in the Windsor Castle in St George House on 13-14 December 2018.

Oct 07

‘The Algorithmic Revolution’ article in the media El Correo in Spanish

Dr Calzada published the article entitled 'The Algorithmic Revolution' in the newspaper 'El Correo' in Spanish on September 30, 2018.

Oct 07

‘Smart Municipalities Workshop’ in Bilbao (05/10/2018, Basque Country/Spain)

On October 5, 2018, an strategic workshop took place in Bilbao, to define the Smart Municipalities' networked, evolution-guided and bottom-up strategy for the 252 municipalities encompassing the city-region.

Sep 12

‘(Smart) Citizen from Data Providers to Decision-Makers? The Case Study of Barcelona’ article has been published in the journal Sustainability MDPI

The article entitled ‘(Smart) Citizens from Data Providers to Decision-Makers? The Case Study of Barcelona’ has been published in Sustainability (MDPI) journal belonging to the Special Issue Big Data Research for Social Sciences and Social Impact.

Aug 21
Aug 13

Participating at the Workshop ‘Big Data and Urban Governance on the Margins of the City’ funded by the British Academy in the King’s College London (02-03/08/2018, UK)

Dr Calzada participated in the worshop entitled 'Big Data and Urban Governance on the Margins of the City', which took place in the King's College London.

Jun 08

‘City-to-City-Learning’ Programme being led by Dr Calzada (UOxf) on H2020-Replicate-EU Lighthouse Smart Cities Project

'City-to-City-Learning' programme of Replicate project is being curated by Dr Calzada, as WP8 leader of the EU-H2020-Replicate project.

Jun 05

Participating as speaker at ‘Europe-China workshop on innovation and development of mega-city regions’ Workshop at the University of Oxford (10/10/2018, UK)

Dr Calzada will give a conference in the 'Europe-China workshop on innovation and development of mega-city regions' that will take place in Oxford on October 10, 2018.

Jun 05
Jun 01
May 11

Publishing the journal article ‘Local Entrepreneurship Through a Multistakeholders’ Tourism Living Lab in the Post-Violence/Peripheral Era in the Basque Country’ in Regional Science Policy & Practice

The article 'Local Entrepreneurship Through a Multistakeholders’ Tourism Living Lab in the Post-Violence/Peripheral Era in the Basque Country' has been accepted for publication by the journal Regional Science Policy & Practice. The article is an academic outcome of the intervention taking place in the coastal village of Zumaia in the Basque Country (Spain).

Apr 23

Keynote speaker at the Summer School on ‘Diplomacy of Nations in the XXI Century’ in St. Sebastian (09-10/07/2018, Basque Country/Spain)

Dr Calzada delivered a keynote conference entitled 'The XXI Century and the Diplomacy of Cities and Regions' in the Summer School that took place on 9-10th July in the Miramar Palace in St. Sebastián (Basque Country/Spain) in the framework of the Summer School of the University of the Basque Country.

Apr 22

Keynote speaker at the Summer School on ‘Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Mobility and Open Platforms for an Efficient and Participative City’ in Rennes (02-03/07/2018, Britanny/France)

Dr Calzada will be the keynote speaker on the Summer School EIT Digital entitled 'Predictive analytics, big data, mobility and open platforms for an efficient and participative city' that will take place in Rennes in Britanny (France).

Apr 21

Speaker at the Global Challenges Summit 2018 – Astana Economic Forum in Astana (18/05/2018, Kazakhstan)

Dr Calzada will participate as keynote speaker at the Global Challenges 2018 Summit 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 18th May.

Apr 20

Panelist on ‘Transforming Tourism from a Regional Perspective: Challenges, Visions, Ways Forward’ roundtable at the University of Deusto in St. Sebastian (03/05/2018, Basque Country/Spain)

Dr Calzada participated in the roundtable entitled 'Transforming Tourism from the European Regions' at the University of Deusto, held by Ezkerraberri foundation and funded by Coppieters foundation. The conference and the roundtable revolved around alternatives views forward on tourism and its consequences in localised in the European regional realm.

Apr 20

Participating in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities at the UK Parliament in Westminster, London (24/04/2018, UK)

Dr Calzada participated on 24th April in the roundtable held by All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smart Cities entitled 'Intelligence governance, smarter cities' at the UK Parliament in Westminster in London.

Apr 19

‘The Good City’ International Conference took place in Oxford as part of the outcome of the Urban Transformations ESRC programme

Dr Calzada has been the coordinator of the European strategy by organising a Workshop Series entitled 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' from June 2016 to June 2018.

Apr 10
Feb 14
Feb 12
Feb 11
Feb 01

Publishing the chapter on ‘Political Regionalism: Devolution, Metropolitanisation and the Right to Decide’ in the Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories by Edward Elgar

Dr Calzada has contributed to Edward Elgar's Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories volume kindly edited by Prof Anssi Paasi, Prof John Harrison, and Prof Martin Jones. Dr Calzada's chapter entitled 'Political Regionalism: Devolution, Metropolitanisation, and the Right to Decide'.

Jan 30

Publishing the journal article ‘Do Digital Social Networks Foster Civilian Participation among Millennials? Kitchenware Revolution & 15M Democratic Regeneration Cases’ in Globalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation

Dr Calzada's article on the role of the social media in millennials' civilian participation in the cases of the 15M in Spain and Kitchenware Revolution in Iceland, has been published in the Journal Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation.

Jan 29

Coordinating the 4th and final Workshop from the Series ‘Bridging European Urban Transformations’ > Rethinking the Urban Commons in European City-Regions in Brussels (12/02/2018, Belgium)

On 12th February 2018, the fourth and final workshop from the series 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' will take place in Brussels entitled: 'Rethinking the Urban Commons in European City-Regions'.

Jan 25

Participating as Replicate-H2020-Smart Cities & Communities WP Replication Leader at ‘Replication Workshop: From Follower to Lighthouse City for Smarter Cities’ in Brussels (26/01/18, Belgium)

Dr Calzada is participating as partner representative and WP leader of Replication of Replicate EU project, in the 'Replication Workshop: From Follower to Lighthouse City for Smarter Cities' organised by EU-INEA in Brussels.

Jan 17

Speaker on the Board of Directors of the Barcelona City Council on Data-Driven Cities (17/01/2018, Catalonia/Spain)

Dr Calzada, in collaboration with Prof Esteve Almirall from the ESADE Business School in ESADE and Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer of the Barcelona City Council, presented the conference 'Cities & Data: How the Digital, Big Data & Data Science are Transforming Governments?'.

Jan 11

Invited Instructor/Guest Lecturer on the MIT Metro Lab Initiative in Boston, Massachusetts (11/01/2018, USA)

Dr Calzada will be teaching as an invited invited and guest lecturer on the MIT Metro Lab Initiative in Boston, Massachusetts on 11th January 2018 on 'Political Regionalism and Metropolitan Governance: Devolution, Metropolitanisation, and the Right to Decide'.

Jan 10
Jan 09

Publishing the paper entitled ‘Beyond Data-Driven Smart City-Regions? Rethinking Stakeholder-Helixes Strategies’ in Regions Magazine

Dr Calzada from the Urban Transformations programme at the University of Oxford in collaboration with Dr Cowie from the Future Cities Catapult, has published the article on rethinking stakeholder-helixes strategies' in Regions magazine.

Jan 09
Jan 07
2017
Dec 31
Dec 12

Conducting Replicate H2020-EU Lighthouse Smart City project on City-to-City-Learning Workshop in Lausanne (12/12/2017, Switzerland)

On the last 12th December, the workshop for analysing the multistakeholders' configuration was conducted by Dr Calzada in Lausanne (Switzerland).

Nov 19
Nov 19

Invited Lecturer on ‘Smart Cities and Transformations for Territories and Cities’ Master Course at the Urban and Territorial Studies School of the Basque Country in Bilbao (23/11/2017, Basque Country/Spain)

Dr Calzada will deliver a Master Course on 'Smart Cities and Transformations for Territories and Cities' in the Urban and Territorial Studies School of the Basque Country in Bilbao.

Nov 17
Nov 16

Keynote speaker in the Smart City Expo World Congress #SCEWC17 in Barcelona (16/11/2017, Catalonia/Spain)

Dr Calzada will took part in the thematic session entitled 'Going Beyond Data Mining: Building a City Data Strategy' of the SCEWC17 in Barcelona.

Nov 14
Nov 10
Nov 04
Nov 04
Oct 24
Oct 19
Oct 11

Giving advice ‘HerriSmartik’ Smart Municipalities intervention project with four mayors of the Basque Autonomy in Brussels (11/10/2017, Belgium)

Dr Calzada in collaboration with LKS Consultancy, conducted a 'Herri Smartik: Smart Municipalities0 workshop on 11th October with four mayors from the Basque Country in the EU delegation in Brussels.

Oct 10

Keynote Speaker, Discussant and Organised in the European Week of Regions and Cities in the European Commission in Brussels (10/10/2017, Belgium)

Kindly invited by the RSA (Regional Studies Association), Dr Calzada participated in the European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) in the European Commission, as keynote speaker, discussant and organiser.

Sep 28

Conference paper at the Nordic Edge Smart City Expo 2017 in Stavanger (28/9/2017, Norway)

Dr Calzada participated on 'Smart City and Regional Development' panel on the Nordic Edge Smart City Expo 2017 in Stavanger (Norway) on 28th September 2017.

Sep 21
Sep 19
Sep 19
Sep 12

‘ZumaiaLab’: Tourism Living Lab in Zumaia (12/9/2017, Basque Country/Spain)

On the 12th September, the Tourism Living Lab of the Zumaia coastal village in the Basque Country (Spain) was kicked-off. The action research intervention project is called #ZumaiaLab.

Sep 11

‘Scaling Migration through European City-Regions’ Workshop in Brussels (11/9/2017, Belgium)

On 11th September 2017, the third workshop from the Series 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' took place in Brussels coordinated by Dr Calzada.

Sep 06

‘Smart Tourism’ keynote speaker at the International Conference ‘The Visitor Economy: Strategies and Innovations’ (6/9/2017, UK)

In his keynote presentation, Dr Calzada reflected upon the critical facts around tourism and how smart strategies should be considered from the local development perspective.

May 16

‘The Smart City Transformations: The Revolution of the 21st Century’ book co-authorship published by Bloomsbury Academic & Professional Publishing

Dr Calzada has been collaborating in the last couple of years with Mr Amitabh Satyam, the Managing Partner at SAP company in Bangalore, India, in order to prepare the publication of the following book: 'The Smart City Transformations: The Revolution of the 21st Century'. The book will be published by the prestigious Bloomsbury Academic & Professional division that also won the Bookseller Industry Award for Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. The book is in print at present and it will be ready to be launched on December 2016.

May 16
Apr 30

Smart Cities academic publications’ compilation 2015-2017 in Open Access

Here is the list of publications produced by Dr Calzada from 2015 to 2017 on Smart Cities emphasizing aspects of the ongoing policy and research debate. Click on each image and the publication will be displayed in Open Access through Research Gate.

Mar 13

Chairing the Session on Smart Cities and Paper will be presented in the RSA Annual Conference 2017 in Dublin (Ireland)

Between 4th and 7th June 2017, the RSA Annual Conference will be held in Dublin (Ireland). Dr Calzada will be chairing the Special Session SS21 Beyond Smart & Data-Driven City-Regions? Rethinking Stakeholder-Helixes Strategies. In this session, he will present the following paper: Calzada, I. (2017), Transforming Smart Cities with Social Innovation: Penta Helix Multi-Stakeholders Framework, paper will be presented in the SS21 Beyond Smart & Data-Driven City-Regions? Rethinking Stakeholder-Helixes Strategies, in the RSA (Regional Studies Association) Annual Conference 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

Mar 08
Mar 06
Feb 19

Paper published ‘Translocal Strategies for Experimenting with Smart Tourism Labs in Zumaia: The Case of the Basque Coast Geopark, Basque Country (Spain)’ in the proceedings of the 1st World Conference on Smart Destinations organised by UNWTO

This is the full paper accepted and presented at the 1st World Conference on the Smart Destinations organised by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) in Murcia (Spain), from 15th to 17th February 2017. The paper presents the preliminary challenges around the intervention in the village, Zumaia, in the Basque coast of Spain. This paper summarizes a research project that will be set out with a prospective methodology aiming to define while implementing, the inner perception and outside projection of the touristic assets and activities in Zumaia and coastal region covering the Basque Coast Geopark.

Feb 19

2nd Workshop from the Series ‘Bridging European Urban Transformations’ > Experimenting Urban Living Labs (ULLs) Beyond Smart City-Regions (13th February 2017, Brussels)

On 13th February, the second workshop from the series 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' that Urban Transformations ESRC programme leads from the University of Oxford in partnership with Vrije Universiteit Brussel took place in Brussels. The first workshop was entitled 'Experimenting with Urban Living Labs (ULLs) beyond Smart City-Regions'. The workshop took place in the delegation of the Basque Country to the EU. The partner organisations of the event were, ERRIN, ENoLL and the RSA.

Jan 31

‘White Paper for the Basque Country’s Territories 2016-2018’ Scientific Contribution & Participatory Process (St. Sebastian, 14th January 2017)

The Basque Studies Society, Eusko Ikaskuntza, is preparing a 'White Paper on the Geographies of the Basque Country' 2018. On 14th January 2017, some stakeholders were gathered in a participatory setting to discuss and debate on topics such as social capital, diversity, ICT, branding and territorial imaginations and policies (the so called, 'Euskal Hiria' or the 'Basque City-Region'. The final aim is to think strategically after leaving behind the political violence dramatic episode and making the best of the territorial synergies onwards. This is the contribution and paper submitted by Dr Calzada (Univ. Oxford) to the strategic period consisting of…Read More

2016
Dec 13

Bridging European Urban Transformations ESRC Workshop Series in Brussels 2016-2017

Glad to announce that despite the Brexit outcome, Dr Calzada, as a member of the Urban Transformations team at the University of Oxford led by Prof Michael Keith, will be co-ordinating 'Briding European Urban Transformations ESRC Workshop Series' in Brussels from 2016 to 2017, in partnership with the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Cosmopolis and Brussels Academy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Dec 10

Keynote speaker in the ‘2016 Strategic Innovation Summit: Smart Cities Europe’ jointly organised by the Dublin City Council/Smart Dublin Programme and Harvard University (Technology and Entrepreneurship Center), Dublin (Ireland), 13th Oct 2016.

Dr Calzada will give a keynote conference and participate in the '2016 Strategic Innovation Summit: Smart Cities Europe' with representatives and senior leaders of smart city-regional strategies from Catalonia, Bristol, London, Dublin, Zaragoza as well as from other academic institutions in order to explore governance, business models, scaling-up solutions, challenges and opportunities.

Dec 06

Keynote Conference in Smart Travel 2016 (Bragança, Portugal) 2nd December 2016

Dr Calzada delivered on 2nd December the keynote conference in the Smart Travel 2016 event in Portugal. The title of the keynote was 'Translocal Strategies: Connecting (Talented) Citizens in Remote (Smart) Regions'.

Dec 03

REPLICATE Smart City EU-H2020 Lighthouse project (Replication WP8 Leadership): Work-In-Progress

In the first year of the EU-H2020-SCC-REPLICATE project, the workpackage leader, Dr Calzada with the assistance of the local coordinators, conducted three workshops in the three follower cities of the project: Laussane (Switzerland), Essen (Germany) & Nilüfer (Turkey).

Nov 25

Journal article ‘The Techno-Politics of Data and Smart Devolution in City-Regions: Comparing Glasgow, Bristol, Barcelona, and Barcelona’ published in the Special Series Smart Cities and Regions as Systems of Innovation in Systems MDPI

Here is a journal peer-reviewed article by Dr Igor Calzada in which the urban and the political agenda are blended by producing a new timely outcome. The article is the final report of a EU project funded by Marie Curie Regional Programmes via Bilbao Metropoli-30 and Bizkaia Talent.

Nov 18

Lunch Seminar delivered at Cosmopolis-VUB ‘(Un)Plugging Smart Cities? Transitions, Governance and Devolution’ (17th November 2016, Brussels)

After kicking off the workshop series on 14th November 2017 entitled 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' that Dr Calzada coordinates from the University of Oxford in partnership with the VUB, on 17th November he delivered a seminar lunch called: '(Un)Plugging Smart Cities: Transitions, Governance and Devolution'. This lunch seminar was a direct outcome of him being appointed 2016 Visiting Fellow at BCUS-VUB.

Nov 16

1st Workshop from the Series ‘Bridging European Urban Transformations’ > Unplugging Data in Smart City-Regions (14th November 2016, Brussels)

On 14th November, the first workshop from the series 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' that Urban Transformations ESRC programme leads from the University of Oxford in partnership with Vrije Universiteit Brussel took place in Brussels. The first workshop was entitled '(Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions'.

Nov 06

(Un)Plugging Smart Cities covered by Forbes & the CNN after keynote conference in China

After Yinchuan Smart City 2016 conference organised by TMForum, Forbes and the CNN International covered some ideas presented by Dr Calzada regarding the concept (Un)Plugging Smart Cities inspired by the journal article published in the Journal of Urban Technology entitled 'Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City', which ranks as the 6th Most Read article so far with 1,929 visits.

Nov 05

‘Global Sustainable City-Regions’ (Policy Report 2nd Edition 2016/17) 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 of the 2nd Edition 2016-2017, entitled ‘Global Sustainable City-Regions,’ covers the work developed by the lecturer, Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, as the editor of the publication and students/participants of the first edition of the New Masters course MSc in Leadership for Global Sustainable Cities from September to December 2016 at the Institute for Future Cities in the Business Faculty at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland – UK).

Oct 27

‘(Un)Plugging Smart Cities with Urban Transformations: Towards Multi-Stakeholder City-Regional Complex Urbanity?’ article published in URBS. Revista de Estudios Urbanos y Ciencias Sociales

Dr Igor Calzada has published article on the challenges of smart city interventions in the journal URBS, Revista de Estudios Urbanos y Ciencias Sociales that will be published on 2nd November 2016. Here this is the pre-print version (Author Original Manuscript).

Oct 25

‘Education for (Social) Innovation: Transformation in (Smart) Cities/Educación para la Innovación (Social): Transformación en las Ciudades (Inteligentes)” Workshop 2016 Innovation Week organised by Fomento San Sebastian (Economic Promotion Agency)

Dr Calzada and Dr Cobo (both from the Future of Cities/Urban Transformations and Oxford Internet Institute respectively at the University of Oxford), will conduct a workshop entitled 'Education for (Social) Innovation: Transformation in (Smart) Cities' in St. Sebastián on 25th October 2016 as an action that will include in the programme of the Innovation Week 2016 organised by Fomento St Sebastian, the Economic Promotion Agency in the city.

Oct 02

Keynote speaker in the ‘Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability – Experimental Smartness’ RSA Conference, Dresden (Germany), 6th Oct 2016.

From the 6th to 7th October, the RSA Regional Studies Association Research Network 'Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability' have held its first Conference in Dresden (Germany). Dr Calzada will deliver a keynote conference entitled: 'Unplugging Smart City-Regional Governance Strategies in Europe'.

Sep 14

Keynote speaker in ‘How Does A Smart City Deliver Prosperity & Inclusiveness?’ Edinburgh (Scotland). 23th September 2016.

Dr Igor Calzada opened with a keynote speaker the inaugural MACI Innovations Future City event, which took place in Roxburghe Hotel, in support of Rowan Alba a homelessness charity based in Edinburgh. In the event, in addition to the speakers coming from MACI Innovations and Rowan Alba, the Future Cities Catapult participated as well.

Aug 15

Keynote speaker in Smart Cities Conference TMForum 2016 China. 7-9th September 2016

Dr Calzada has given a keynote conference as expert insight on 'Defining Smart City Governance' into the programme of the three-day conference in the premier Smart City capital of China, Yinchuan, organised by TM Forum Smart City InFocus 2016.

Jul 15

Lectureship ‘Future of Cities: Best Sustainable Practices Summer Course. Smart City, Definitions & Case-Studies’ at the Future of Cities, University of Oxford (England-UK). 16-24th August 2016

The Future of Cities: Best Sustainable Practice Summer Course is designed to provide a selected group of talented and advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading Chinese universities who aspire to pursue high-level research or management careers with the exposure to some of the key areas involved in making urban development sustainable, flexible, dynamic, and resilient in response to evolving challenges and circumstances. These areas include governance and policy; design and planning; technology and innovation; economics, finance and commerce; and socio-legal and cultural development. Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, will be one of the lectures of this Summer Course that will…Read More

Jul 11

Keynote speaker Summer School ‘The Identity of the European Cities’ Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque Country – Spain). 11-12th July 2016

Dr Calzada will open with the keynote conference 'Is Changing the Identity of (European) Cities?' the Summer School 'The Identity of the European Cities' 2016 in Donostia-St. Sebastián (Basque Country - Spain). The Summer School that will take place on 11-12 July 2016 in the Miramar Palace, is organised jointly by the San Sebastian Strategic Plan Office and Bilbao Metropolitan Agency BM30.

Jun 28
May 12

‘Smartness for Prosperity: UK & Brazil’ policy report commissioned by the Future Cities Catapult

This policy report has been commissioned by the Future Cites Catapult as a collaborative undertaking with Dr Calzada, MACI Innovations and Translokal publishing to research the topic of Smart Infrastructure in nominated Cities in both the UK and Brazil. Future Cities Catapult is a global...

May 02

Keynote Speaker at REAL CORP 2016 Conference Smart Me Up! Hamburg (Germany) 21-24th June 2016

Dr Calzada was the academic keynote speaker in the 21st International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society in Hamburg (Germany) on 22nd June 2016. The title of the keynote was '(Un)Plugging Smart Cities with Urban Transformations'.

May 01

Paper at 15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference ‘Cities, States and Borders’: Comparing Cross-Bordering City-Regional Strategies Beyond Nation-States in Oresund and the Basque Country. Hamburg (Germany) <> Sonderborg (Denmark) 17-20th May 2016

Dr Igor Calzada will deliver a paper entitled 'Comparing Cross-Bordering City-Regional Strategies Beyond Nation-States in Oresund and the Basque Country' in the 15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference 'Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global' in Hamburg (Germany) and Sonderborg (Denmark) between 17-20th May 2016.

Apr 07

‘Plurinational State? Viewpoints from Valencia, Catalonia, Basque Autonomy, Navarre & Europe’ roundtable at the Universitat de Valencia on 8th April 2016

Dr Calzada participated in the roundtable organised the University of Valencia in collaboration with the Institute Alfons el Magnanim regarding a timely topic in the Spanish politics such as devolution and the plurinational state reality.

Apr 07

Keynote conference: ‘Smart (City)-Regions: Territorial & Urban Transformations’ Vilanova i la Geltru (Garraf county)

Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, will deliver a keynote presentation in Vilanova i la Geltru, Garraf (Barcelona), on 'Smart City-Regions: Territorial & Urban Transformations' on 6th April 2016 in collaboration with Neàpolis, the Public Agency of Innovation, Barcelona Province Council and the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya).

Apr 04

Habitat III: Public Spaces – Thematic Meeting in Barcelona (Catalonia-Spain) #H3Barcelona #Habitat3 #NewUrbanAgenda

Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, has been participating (in representation of the Urban Transformations ESRC porfolio co-ordinated by the University of Oxford), in the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on the definition of the New Urban Agenda in Barcelona (#H3Barcelona) on 4th and 5th April 2016.

Mar 21

‘Independentziaz (independentziarekin)’ book chapter published by Sorzain publisher

Here is the chapter entitled 'About Independence (with independence)' that will contribute to a new edition on 'The Right to Decide, Power and Sovereignty' by Sorzain publishing.

Mar 07

‘Independentziara: nola eta nondik?/Towards independence? where from and how?’ Conference in Bilbao on 10th March 2016

Dr Calzada took part in the roundtable organised by Ezkerraberri Foundation (which belongs to Aralar, left independentist political Basque party). He discussed with Dr Goikoetxea from the University of the Basque Country, while the moderator will be Iñaki Soto, Director of the Basque newspaper, GARA (former EGIN). Here is the article published in Ezkerra Aberri magazine

Feb 24

2016 Research Fellowship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BCUS Brussels Centre for Urban Studies & POLI Political Science Department

Dr Igor Calzada has been awarded 2016 Visiting & Associate Research Fellowship at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He will be working with two departments: Cosmopolis, Centre for Urban Research & POLI (Political Science).

Feb 18

‘Comparing Smart City-Regional Governance Strategies in Bristol, Glasgow, Barcelona & Bilbao’ at the Oxford City Debates, University of Oxford, Future of Cities (UK) (Feb 18-19)

‘Smart city’ has already become a ‘fetish’ term to simplify complex urban debates in an uneven techno-deterministically-driven hyper-connected society. This paper compares strategically and ethnographically four specific city-region cases located in two European nation-states: Bristol and Glasgow in the UK, and Bilbao and Barcelona in Spain.

Feb 17

REPLICATE H2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Project funded by the European Commission

REPLICATE, “Renaissance of PLaces with Innovative Citizenship And TEchnology”, is funded by a 29M grant from Horizon 2020, the main EU program fostering research and innovation actions. This project belongs to the “Lighthouse” call (Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects), one of the most competitive in the program. REPLICATE aims to increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities…Read More

Feb 05
Jan 30

‘7th Annual Smart Energy UK & EU Summit’ in London: Speaker & Moderator (29th Jan. 2016)

On 29th January 2016, Dr Calzada took part in the '7th Annual Smart Energy UK & Europe 2016 Summit' as moderator of the panel 'European Smart Cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Connected Home' as well as delivering the conference 'Comparing EU Cities on Smart City-Regional Governance'.

Jan 26
Jan 18

‘Global Sustainable City-Regions’ (Policy Report 1st Edition 2015/16) 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.

Jan 17

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,…Read More

Jan 08

‘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.

Jan 07

‘Political & Social Innovation in the Age of Devolution and Smartness in Cities’ at the Wise & Smart City: Sharing Economy Conference at the L’Università Di Torino (Italy)

Dr Calzada was invited by the University of Torino in Italy to give a lecture on Smart City. He deployed a conceptualisation regarding smartness, devolution, social innovation and political innovation. Specially, the conference focused on the sharing economy initiatives.

Jan 05

Euskalerria Irratia Radio in Pamplona regarding Catalan politics

Here is the interview in Euskalerria Irratia in Pamplona (Navarra) regarding the new political scenario in Catalonia and Spain after the General Elections 2015.

2015
Dec 31

‘¿Plurinacionalidad de izquierdas? Derecho a decidir y ciudad’ in Diario Público.es

This article that was meant to published in the newspaper El País analyses the importance of the cities in the right to decide to understand the ongoing plurinational debate in Spain after 2015 General Elections.

Nov 28

Conferences given in Russia: Open Innovation Forum 2015 & Museum of Moscow (29 & 31st October 2015))

Dr Igor Calzada gave two keynote presentation in Moscow (Russia) regarding Smart Cities' strategies and potential implementations by stakeholders.

Oct 24

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.

Oct 17
Oct 14

‘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…Read More

Oct 13

‘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.

Oct 11

‘Smart Devolution’ paper presented at the Smart City-Regional Governance International Symposium in Brussels (Belgium)

A paper about Smart Devolution was presented in Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the 'Smart City-Regional Governance - International Symposium' on 8 and 9th October.

Sep 24

‘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.

Sep 23

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.

Sep 21

Workshop on Technology and the Future of UK Cities in the Urban Innovation Centre, UK Government (21st Sept. 2015, London – UK)

Co-sponsored by GO Science Foresight Project on the Future of Cities and the ESRC Urban Transformations Programme, on 21 September 2015, Dr Calzada took part as a delegate of Future of Cities, University of Oxford in the Workshop on Technology and the Future of UK Cities at the Urban Innovation Centre.

Sep 19

International Smart Cities InFocus 2015 Conference (Yinchuan, China) 11-12 September 2015

On 11 and 12 September 2015, Dr Calzada took part in the TMForum InFocus Smart City Conference in Yinchuan, China, as the the delegate from the Oxford Programme in the Future of Cities in the University of Oxford (UK).

Sep 03

Smart Oxford Board in the Oxford City Hall on 3rd September 2015 (England – UK)

Dr Calzada gave advise to the Oxford Smart Board on Smart City research and implementation projects on the 3rd September 2015 in the Oxford City Hall. In the Oxford Smart board are the following institutions: Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, OII, University of Oxford Research Services, Oxfordshire LEP and Nominet.

Sep 01

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.

Aug 25

‘Microbreweries: Communitarian Entrepreneurship (or Hipterism)?’ article in El Pais (Spanish newspaper) special edition Urban Beings/Seres Urbanos

Here is the article by Dr Igor Calzada in the collection ‘Seres Urbanos/Urban Beings’ in the Planeta Futuro/Future Planet in El Pais newspaper: ‘MicroBreweries: Communitarian Entrepreneurship (or Hipsterism)?’.

Aug 06

‘Benchmarking Scotland, Catalonia & The Basque Country’ paper presented at UACES 45th Annual Conference, Bilbao, (Basque Country – Spain), 9 September 2015

Here is a Call for Papers I am convening with Dr Herrschel, Newman and Pedersen for the UACES 45th Annual Conference, Bilbao, Spain, 7-9 September 2015 entitled: 'European City-Regions and the Re-Scaling of the Nation-State: The Role of Cities in the Quest for Self Determination and Independence'. Deadline: 14th January 2015.

Aug 02

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.

Aug 01

‘¿Smart State?’ article in El Pais (Spanish newspaper) special edition Urban Beings/Seres Urbanos

Here is the first article of this collection: 'Smart State?'. The article aims to shed some light on the consequences that urban transformations are causing the the re-scalling processes in nation-states. Indeed, the article argues that Spain as a nation-state should embrace devolution and the right to decide as the way to become a smart state.

Jun 25

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:

Jun 08

‘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.

Jun 04

‘Zubigintza/Bridging’ article in Berria newspaper & Norabidea digital platform [Published]

Here the article Dr Calzada published a day before the 'Local & Province Elections 2015' entitled 'Zubigintza/Bridging' in Berria newspaper and Norabidea digital platform.

Jun 01
May 30

‘Local & Province Elections 2015 in Spain & the Basque Country’

In the context of the Local & Province Elections 2015, Dr Calzada has just collaborated in the analyst basis with three media: Berria & Norabidea (Newspaper), EiTB (TV) & Euskalerria Irratia (Radio).

May 29

‘Cities & Nations / Hiriak & Nazioak’ article published in the Journal Grand Place

This article entitled 'Cities & Nations' will be published in the June 2015 number of GrandPlace Journal shortly. The author argues that contemporary understanding of nations should include metropolitanisation processes in a new intertwined outcome between community-based nations and urban-based cities.

May 11

Commenting & analysing on the UK General Elections 2015 in Onda Vasca radio station with Xabier Lapitz

Analysis on the General Elections 2015 in the United Kingdom in Onda Vasca, a Basque radio station in Spain. Programme conducted by the Basque journalist, Xabier Lapitz

May 10

HamaikaTB Basque TV Special Edition on the Right to Decide in Scotland & the Basque Country alongside United Kingdom General Elections 2015

Here there is the Special Edition by HamaikaTB TV channel conducted by the journalist Irati Sarasua. The roundtable was participated by Ainhoa Mendibil (Communication & PR Head of GureEskuDago), Ander Txintxurreta (EiTB Journalist & 'Gure Esku Dago' local activist in Hernani village), Samara Velte (Berria paper Journalist) and Dr Igor Calzada.

Apr 10

Euskalerria irratia media scientific collaborator in the ‘Statutory Metropolis’ programme from September 2014

Dr Igor Calzada is collaborating regularly as scientific popularizer and analyst on social, economic and political issues in the only 'alegal' radio station in Basque language in the Chartered Autonomy of Navarra, Euskalerria irratia.

Mar 03

PostPhD summary at Mondragon Coops & University in 2011 (2002-2015)

Here is a short video recorded at the innovation unit of the University of Mondragon (in Spanish) about my doctoral research and the way I faced my lecturing in English teaching subjects such as: Urban Innovation, Technological Prospective, Networks and Regions and Strategy.

Feb 15

‘Smart Cities & Communities EU H2020’ Bitakora: Infoday by the European Commission in Brussels on 12th Feb 2015

Dr Igor Calzada attended the #H2020SCC infoday event organised by the European Commission. This is the photo & video bitakora of that day: In a nutshell, the event consisted of an intensive networking session but with a little focus on the policy orientation in favour...

Feb 07

‘Social Innovation & Local Development’ Event by Elhuyar Consultancy, Beterri Agency & Gipuzkoa Province Council

As a collaboration with Elhuyar Consultancy located in the Basque Country, regarding the Social Innovation methodology that have been designing for the new Beterri Local Agency, supported by the Gipuzkoa Province Council, Dr Igor Calzada will close the event with a keynote presentation from Montevideo Uruguay by video-conference.

Feb 04

‘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.

Feb 04

‘Benchmarking Cross-Border City-Regions: Basque and Øresund Comparative Territorial Connection’ published in Regions Quarterly Magazine by RSA

Here is the article that will be published in the RSA Regions Quarterly Magazine: Calzada, I. (2015), Benchmarking Cross-Border City-Regions: Basque and Oresund Comparative Territorial Connection, Regions Quarterly Magazine, In Depth, pp. 4-6. Regions no 297. Issue 1. Spring 2015.

Feb 04

‘Connecting the Basque and Icelandic Cases: An Ethnographic Chronicle about Democratic Regeneration’ published by Open Democracy & D-CENT EU project.

Though they may seem like unlikely companions, both Iceland and the Basque Country undertook unique democratic regenerations following the 2008 global economic crisis.

Feb 04

‘Regions between Recentralisation & Independence’ article published in Political Insight (April 2015)

Dr Calzada has been working in a collaborative publication with Dr Hennig in the crossroads between political devolution processes and the way they can be visualised with data. This collaboration's outcome is the article published in the Political Insight journal by March 2015 based on Dr Calzada's research project entitled 'Benchmarking City-Regions'.

Jan 19
Jan 05

’11 Reasons for Independence’ roundtable & public meeting organized by EHBildu Zumaia (Basque Country – Spain) 23rd January

On 23rd January I will take part in the roundtable organized by EHBildu in the village of Zumaia in order to discuss with more academics the current situation in the Basque Country by analyzing Catalonia and Scotland independentist recent facts, results and movements in Europe. The roundtable is part of a broad public meeting events series entitled '11 Reason for Independence'.

2014
Dec 23

Grand Place aldizkarian ‘PostIndependentzia’ liburuaren iruzkina

This is the Grand Place Journal review about my published 'PostIndependence' book by Translokal in June 2014 .

Dec 21

Basque Public TV Euskal Telebista media scientific collaborator in the ‘Azpimarra’ programme from September 2014

In 2014, I have been taking part as social scientific popularizer/collaborator/analyst in the Basque Public TV, EiTB, in the programme Azpimarra. In 2015, this collaboration will continue.

Dec 05

Future of Cities Summit RE·WORK 5th December in London > ‘Unplugging the Smart City’ Conference paper

Dr Igor Calzada will present on 4th December in London 'Unplugging the Smart City' conference paper in the Future Cities Summit Re·Work as a consequence of the joint research 'Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies' funded partially by The Oxford Research Center in Humanities and the article published at the Journal of Urban Technology 'Unplugging > Deconstructing the Smart City'.

Nov 25

‘The Right to Decide in Democracy between Recentralisation and Independence: Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country’ article in Regions Quarterly Magazine of the RSA.

Here is the short article published in the RSA Regions Quarterly Magazine: Calzada, I. (2014), The Right to Decide in Democracy between Recentralisation and Independence: Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country. Regions Magazine Comment and Debate, pp. 4-5. Regions no 296 Winter 2014. (Forthcoming)

Nov 04

‘Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country’ paper presented & panel chaired on 30th October 2014 in Sheffield RSA EC Conference

Dr Calzada presented the paper 'Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country' at the RSA Regional Studies Association Conference in Sheffield on 30th October 2014. Likewise, he chaired a panel on Regional Development.

Nov 04

Chairing ‘The City & Participation’ panel at the BIA Urban Regeneration Forum. 26th September 2014 Bilbao (Spain)

Invited by the Architect Association of the Basque Country, I chaired the panel 'The City and Participation' at the BIA Bilbao Urban Regeneration Forum on 26th September 2014.

Nov 03

Advisory Board member at STEEP Smart City Plan for St Sebastian (SP), Bristol (UK) & Florence (IT). 23th Sept 2014 Bristol.

On 23rd September Dr Calzada attended the STEEP EU project no. 314277 'Systems Thinking for Comprehensive City Efficient Energy Planning' in Bristol as a member of the Advisory Board. The project aims to design a Smart City Director Plan after the cross-learning process of three EU cities: St. Sebastian (Spain), Bristol (UK) and Florence (Italy).

Oct 21

PostDoctoral project presentation > FlexibleCity International Symposium > Future Of Cities Programme > University of Oxford (UK)

The Oxford Future of Cities Programme organized the Flexible City International Symposium from 23rd to 25th October. I took part presenting a paper with my work-in-progress PostDoctoral Research project about The Future of City-Regions Comparative Territorial Benchmarking/Connections, specifically presenting the Basque & Oresund Connection case-study.

Oct 05

#Unplugging > Deconstructing Smart Cities Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies Project: Workshop, Applied Research & Keynote Presentations.

Dr Calzada, in collaboration with Dr Cobo, launches the project entitled #Unplugging: Deconstructing Smart Cities Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies. The project consists of workshops, applied research projects and keynotes presentation about #Unplugging with different stakeholders such as policy-makers, students, researchers, academics, politicians, civil servants, consultants, lecturers and officers. In parallel with the #Unplugging > Beyond the Hyper-Connected Societies that took place on the 20th June 2014 supported by TORCH The Oxford Research Center for Humanities at the University of Oxford, an article entitled "#Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City" has been accepted and will be shortly published in the Journal of Urban…Read More

Sep 30

‘Nafarroa, Euskal Herria, Independencia desde ahora. Dirección y Estrategia. La articulación del derecho a decidir (Part V)’ paper given at the Public University of Navarra (Basque Country – Spain)

This presentation was delivered on 30th September at the Public University of Navarra in Spain. The conference was held by Alkartasuna Fundation linked with Eusko Alkartasuna political party in the Basque Country (into the EHBildu coalition). The aim of the presentation was to conduct an international and regional context diagnosis by fixing a joint direction and a realistic strategy for Navarra and the Basque Autonomy taking into account the new opportunity that arises to decide a new political status for the city-region. A special consideration was given to the right to decide as a democratic tool and mean in order…Read More

Sep 16

Erresuma Batutik Eskoziarako trenean, demokrazia eta independentziaz idatzitako gutuna Euskal Herriarentzat (Part IV)

Here is the article written from the Policy & Politics 2014 Conference in Bristol just a day before presenting the paper Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and Basque Country. And a two days after departing from Bristol (UK) to Glasgow-Edinburgh (Scotland) to live the Scottish Independence Referendum #indyref on 18th September 2014.

Sep 01

Lectureship in Policy & Sociology at Birmingham University Aston (UK) [2014-2015]

Lecturing in Research is as passionate as researching itself. At Policy & Sociology department, I am lecturer/teaching associate at Birmingham Aston University, being my aim encourage students getting involve in Social Science Research projects by providing methods and guidelines. Not only urban and cities futures is the research field that I tend to reference but also policies and politics as long as social innovation is involved.

Aug 27

Postindependence in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country: City-Regional Small Nations Beyond Nation-States’ (Part III)

The UK and Spain are not depicted as having the same nation-state DNA with regard to their respective histories and political-cultural traditions. Hence, can we find any remarkable differences between EU nation-states such as the UK and Spain? Indeed, I think there are plenty of them. The article has been published so far in The Future of the UK & Scotland and Open Democracy publications.

Aug 23
Aug 10

Scotland field work research in August & September 2014 about #Indyref & Media report

#Indyref is gathering a lot of attention in the UK but also overseas. Devolution processes shake the concept of union, nation-states and territories by forcing the emergence of new global actors, such as small nations. Dr Igor Calzada is at the moment following closely by carrying out field work research in Scotland.

Jul 24

PostIndependencia: 10 Claves para preparar el Derecho a Decidir en Euskal Herria y en la UE. (Part I)

Here is the media article I wrote after presenting the book PostIndependence. The article aims to suggest 10 core ideas regarding the right to decide of regions/nations in EU broad context.

Jul 15

Post-Independence: Comparing city-regional devolution strategic scenarios in Scotland, Catalonia and the Basque Country, paper that will be given at the Policy & Politics Conference 2014 at the University of Bristol (England), 17th September.

"PostIndependence: Comparing city-regional devolution strategic scenarios in Scotland, Catalonia and the BasqueCountry" paper has been accepted and will be presented at Policy & Politics 2014 Conference at the University of Bristol in September 17th (just the day before the Scottish #indyref).

Jul 02

Lessons from the Mondragon Co-operatives for a TransLoKal Academic Entrepreneurship, paper given at the Goldsmiths, University of London (UK) on 7th July 2014

On 7th July, I will deliver a seminar and give a paper regarding lessons from the renowned Mondragon Cooperative experience while addressing some necessary key ideas in order to put into practice what the author called Academic Entrepreneurship for Policy-Making.

Jun 06

PostIndependentzia > #HanIzanikHonaGara NEW book published on 23rd & 26th June 2014 in St. Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain)

On 23rd and 26th June, Dr Igor Calzada will present his new book entitled PostIndependentzia > #HanIzanikHonaGara (PostIndependence > #BeingThereWeAreHere) in ELKAR bookshop in St. Sebastian published by TransLoKal Academic Entrepreneurship for Policy Making. The book gathers some of the most relevant conclusions of his three-year research on Regional and Social Innovation Studies at the University of Oxford.

May 12
May 12

City-Regional Policies paper given in a Seminar at Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness on 26th May 2014 in St. Sebastián, Basque Country (Spain)

On 26th May, Dr Igor Calzada will be conducting a seminar and giving a paper entitled "City-Regional Policies" at the Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Orkestra- University of Deusto, as an outcome of his postdoctoral project. The seminar is part of the sharegune seminars at Orkestra, as follows: The City-Regional Policies sharegune seminar by Dr Calzada at the Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Orkestra- University of Deusto, addresses the city and regions strategic promotions and simply examines whether or not (and how) they consider any policies for this promotional purpose, which we called City-Regional Policies.

Apr 30

Smart City? Ermua Postindustrial FabLab paper given at the Conference at Local Development Week on 8th May 2014 in Ermua, Basque Country (Spain)

On 8th May, Dr Calzada will deliver a conference in the Local Development Week organized by Izarra Fundazioa and invited by Ermua municipality entitled: "Smart City? Ermua Postindustrial FabLab".

Apr 30

Zaindu maite duzun Euskal Herri Hori

There is a song which tells us that we should look after our homeland, the place we have seen getting older in parallel with us. An empty place as Oteiza described, with a house and a "frontón" attached. Just that. Simply that. Nothing else. I love it, nothing else and just this.

Apr 22

Research Bitakora Moleskine April Field Notes > Future Everything 2014 (Manchester) > #LSECapitalism Prof Harvey (London) > Skoll World Forum (Oxford)

This post summarizes three sequential events that took place in April 2014. Firstly, Future Everything 2014 took place in Manchester on 1st April. Secondly, Prof David Harvey presented his new book on 2nd April at #LSECapitalism and finally, the Skoll World Forum at the Säid Business School at the University of Oxford. The three events tackled social issues related to the future of cities and governance addressing the so-called Smart City term, the contradictions that remain steady with the neoliberal agenda and the required global entrepreneurial initiatives. Once again, terms are not equally understood and applied depending on who is…Read More

Feb 24
Jan 21
Jan 21

New Roles for Design Museums > PostCrisis Museums as the Community-driven Social Innovation Centres > University of the Southern Denmark > Kolding (Denmark)

Here is the project that I have been invited to participate in and contribute to Kolding, Denmark: Design Culture Kolding. In the context of the Design City Kolding, a Roundtable Discussion Event about "Contemporary Design Culture and the Design Museum: Challenges and Opportunities" that will take place on 23rd January in the Trapholt Museum has been organized by the University of Southern Denmark, Centre for Design, Culture and Management and the University of Brighton.

Jan 15

Balance & Imbalance Territorial Development Strategies of the Basque City-Region / Euskal Hiria: Contribution from the Governance and Social Innovation perspective > Bilbao- Basque Country (Spain)

The paper title "Balance & Imbalance Territorial Development Strategies of the Basque City-Region / Euskal Hiria: Contribution from the Social Innovation and Governance perspective" was accepted and presented on 19th December 2013 at Klimagune 2013 organized by the BC3, Basque Centre for the Climate Change in Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain).

2013
Dec 31
Dec 31

EGovernance Think Tank platform > Basque City-Region (Spain)

The website http://www.basquecity.org was an EGovernance Think Tank platform that was fed by the Basque City-Region 2012 Congress' dynamics. Its property rights belong to the www.cityregions.org postdoctoral research project, supported by Ikerbasque and the Oxford Programme of the Future of Cities.

Dec 31

EGovernance Think Tank plataforma > Euskal Hiria (Spain)

The website http://www.euskalhiria.org was a EGovernance Think Tank platform that was fed by the Basque City-Region 2012 Congress' dynamics. Its property rights belongs to www.cityregions.org postodoctoral research project supported by Ikerbasque and the Oxford Programme of the Future of Cities.

Dec 26

#MacroMesoMicro > Systemic Territory Framework from the perspective of Social Innovation

After an on-line collective writing process with two practitioners, Domenico Di Siena and Adolfo Chautón, from April 2013, in July 2013, we launched a co-authored book titled in the Spanish version: #MacroMesoMicro > Systemic Territory Framework from the perspective of Social Innovation. The English version was launched in 5th December 2013 under the open access license of Creative Commons. The English and Spanish versions are available to download in its Executive Summary of Full versions in the following links.

Dec 15
Dec 01

Critical Social Innovation for a Regional Europe: Why & how?

Social Innovation Europe magazine published on 3rd December, 2013 the article titled "Critical Social Innovation for a City-Regional Europe: Why & How?"

Nov 16

The Future of City-Regions <> Comparative Territorial Benchmarking > Regional Studies Association Winter Conference (London, UK)

The paper "The Future of City-Regions Comparative Territorial Benchmarking/Connection" was accepted in the Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2013 "Mobilising Regions: Territorial Strategies for Growth" that took place in London on 22nd November, 2013.

Nov 10