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Web Science Institute

A Distinguished Lecture with Professor Rob Kitchin Event

Professor Rob Kitchin
17:30 - 18:30
5 December 2018
University of Southampton, Building 58, Room 1007 (L/R C), Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Sam Collins on 023 80 593826 or email .

Event details

The WSI are delighted to announce that Professor Rob Kitchin from Maynooth University will deliver a Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday 5 December 2018. The lecture will begin promptly at 5.30pm with drinks available from 5pm outside the lecture theatre.


The praxes and politics of building city dashboards

City dashboards are increasingly becoming a tool of urban management and governance. This paper considers their creation and use from both a technical development perspective and that of critical data studies. In other words, it examines the praxes, epistemology and politics of city dashboards drawing on the experience of creating the Dublin and Cork dashboards and their present re-design through the Building City Dashboards project. This large project brings together an interdisciplinary team of specialists in computer science, geocomputation, HCI, human geography and media studies to address a range of fundamental and applied technical, as well as social theory, questions relating to the production of data-driven urbanism.

Speaker information

Rob Kitchin, is a Professor in the Social Science Institute at Maynooth University ,and is principal investigator on the Programmable City project (funded by the European Research Council 2013-2018) and the Building City Dashboards project (funded by Science Foundation Ireland 2016-2020). He has published widely across the social sciences, including 28 authored/edited books, and 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is managing editor of the international journal, Dialogues in Human Geography, and has been an editor of Progress in Human Geography and Social and Cultural Geography, and was the editor-in-chief of the 12 volume, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. He was the 2013 recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s ‘Gold Medal for the Social Sciences.

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