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screen-shot-2017-06-06-at-10-54-03-amJune 15th, 2.30 pm, CDO, Seminar Room, Poel 16, 9000, Ghent

CROWD_USG. Crowdsourcing urban sustainability governance. Open initial seminar

Speaker: Chiara Certomà

CROWD_USG is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project exploring how ICT-people interactions are transforming the governance of urban sustainability.  Cities are increasingly depicted as the appropriate loci for tackling with a number of interrelated and complex issues – ranging from protecting the environment, to incubating innovation and granting social justice. The socio-technological networks, which progressively emerged for addressing the related tasks, are now significantly changing the traditional forms of urban governance. In these contexts, technologies are often presented as both facilitators and drivers of changes. Nevertheless, the assumption that broadening technological access will lead to people’s empowerment and make participation effective is questionable.  CROWD_USG project investigates under what conditions crowdsourcing (i.e. any open call format toward collective solution seeking by a large network of users) can actually turn governance processes into open and shared opportunities for advancing socio-environmental sustainability in the city. This seminar  presents the background, motivations, scope and expected results of the project, by exploring current scientific production and forefront applications of participatory ICTs toward urban sustainability. Theoretical and methodological approach are  open for discussion with colleagues, in reference to the case of Ghent.

Event on CORDIS

Event on MCAA and on MCAA calendar

Event on DG Research&Innovation


Screen Shot 2017-07-04 at 3.41.31 PM(4/7/2017) CROWD_USG is now an affiliated project at the Earth System Governance Project; Posted on Earth System Governance


(15/6/2017); CROWD_USG included in “De Commons in Gent” mapping project; Posted on gentCommonsWiki



Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 3.10.53 PM(25/5/2017); CROWD_USG entered the Digital Social Innovation network; Posted on Digital Social Innovation.


chiocciolaLEO(10/4/2017) Borsa Marie Skłodowska-Curie a Chiara Certomà per un progetto su crowdsourcing e città sostenibili; Posted on



(07/04/2017) Partecipatory Urbanism 2017, il 7 aprile l’intervento della direttrice di IRTA-Leonardo, Chiara Certomà; Posted on


(27/03/2017) Project reference on EU Cordis; Posted on Cordis.



(26/03/2017) Are Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Driving Transformation of Landscapes and Taking Shape in Local Governance Structures? Sant’Anna Dirpolis and Management Institute Researcher Receives EU Funding; Posted on Sant’Anna Magazine.

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