1. …to introduce CROWD_USG idea

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Video of the presentation


Slides presentation


  • CROWD_USG in a nutshell, presentation at Bright Night of Researcher, 29th September 2017, Pisa

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Download high resolution posters here:

Poster 1

Poster 2

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2. …to explore crowdsourcing for governance


Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 16.43.26Overview of crowdsourcing for public governance (own elaboration)


Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 6.21.16 PMTrends in crowdsourcing research (Certomà, Corsini, Rizzi, 2015)


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CROWD_USG field of exploration: the intersection betwee crowdsourcing for governance, sustainability and urban context (own elaboration)


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Crowdsourcing processes and tools for urban governance (own elaboration)


Presentation by Chiara Certomà “Crowdsourcing for public governace in the European R&I context” at the Crowdsourcing Week Conference, Lulea, 21 March 2018

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UGent Urban Academy, 29th of May 2019

Dowload here the flyer_of  CROWD_USG final seminar


3. …to use crowdsourcing for urban sustainability governance


Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 16.54.51Urban sustainability requirements and crowdsourcing (Certomà, Corsini, Rizzi, 2015)

Crowdsourcing for public governance. Toward spontaneous smartness.

A critical analysis and guide for implementation by Chiara Certomà based on:


4. …to teach digital social participation for sustainability

From U4 Summer School “Climate for Change”

Think about the changes in urban governance brought about by (digital) social participation and innovation for sustainability

The strategy of European Commission for reaching the goals of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth explained that fostering better conditions of life is a participatory goal as it cannot be reached just working for the citizens but only with the citizens. Digital technologies already allowed many citizens to enter public debate and reshape the traditional undestanding of inclusiveness, accessibility, equality, sustainability and democracy. As a consequence, social participation and innovation produce a new model of urban governance for jointly addressing social and environmental challenges. It is apparent that new governance model questions the conventional interaction routines between institutions, researches and civil society actors. Nevertheless the changes in the urban governance processes induced by (digital) social participation and innovation processes are still under investigation.

Ghent recently emerged as a dynamic and innovation-oriented city, experimenting original solutions in public participation for sustainability governance, and aiming at pioneering green-infrastructure development, ethical and sustainable consumption and business models, ecosystem services valuing, and social cohesion and participation (e.g. Gent Climate Plan 2008-2020; EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans; REGent; Ghent Bio-Economy Valley; UGent Sustainable Energy Technologies – SET) via sustainable bottom-up initiatives (Devolder, Block 2015). Both online and offline participation is strongly supported by Gent administration toward the creation of a City of People where open data portal, online partipatory platform, participatory budgeting and living labs are already used to invent solutions for citizens-defined priorities (City of People). Most of these projects in Gent can be accessed  here:

Question and research

You are asked to reflect on how and whether online and offline social participation and innovation processes can transform the urban governance; what opportunities, problems, consequences emerge? What actors can be empowered or excluded? What kind of problems might be prioritized and what kind of means for addressing them will be privileged? What structural changes will occur? What are the social, environmental or economic consequences of these changes you can foresee (problems, difficulties, opportunities, new perspectives)?

To this end, you can carefully consider the city policy about digital social innovation and digital participation with reviewing existing facts and figures, policy statements and regulations (REF Alberto); and check whether and how these has been implemented in real cases i.e. in actually ongoing processes of social participation and innovation in Gent.  You can find useful resources ( and tools ( on CROWD_USG project web site, but you are invited to complement these with further results from your own research.




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