The course is a seminar-based course providing an introduction to smart cities as an interdisciplinary research field. By the end of the course, students should prepare a manuscript, which can be developed further into an article, book chapter or conference paper. These manuscripts can be developed collaboratively or individually.
Seminars: The seminar consists of lecture sessions that cover smart city concepts and appraoches through different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, such as (but not limited to):
Introduction to inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary research
Policy & governance
Wireless communication networks
Transport and mobility
Safety and Security
PhD students and supervisors prepare lectures, find relevant literature, and lead related discussions. Each seminar is following by a reflection session.
Writing workshops The writing workshops are intended to guide the students in developing their manuscript either individually or jointly with another PhD student. The workshops will be structures as follows:
Identifying an interdisciplinary research question
Developing the outline, theory and methodology
Fundamentals of article writing
Feedback on draft
The writing workshops are based on short lectures and peer discussions and feedback.
Final assignment: The final assignment should address interdisciplinary perspectives on a smart city related topic. The final manuscript should be at least 5000 words excluding footnotes and references.
The student is able to reflect on smart city as a concept or series of concepts and make connections to various dimensions of sustainability, local and global
The student is able to position their own work and research in relation to the (dominant) smart city discourses/theories in circulation
The students gains insight into theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives on the smart city from different disciplines
The student can contribute to the development of interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary concepts, methodologies and/or tools for smart city research within their own field
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Passed / Not Passed
The student will be assessed on active participation and the quality of the written assignment. This is a pass/fail course.