I just launched a call for chapters for a prospective collection of contributions on "Digital (Un)Sustainabilities. Promises, contradictions and pitfalls of digital societies". Please do get in contact in case you want to discuss your ideas and feel free to circulate the call in and outside of the geography field!
Innovation for Sustainability at IAS-STS in Graz
During my short visiting at the Institute for Advanced Studies - Science Technology and Society Unit, TU Graz, where I am a Fellow since October 2020, on the 18th of May 2022 I gave a seminar on "Digital Social Innovation (and where to find it)" and are having inspiring networking experience, thanks to the director prof. Gunter Getzinger, linking technological innovation and sustainability transition.
Seminar “Global patterns of business responsibility and government complicity in environmental rights-based socio-environmental conflicts”
The Responsible Management Research Center - REMARC, University of Pisa, is hosting the online seminar "Global patterns of business responsibility and government complicity in Environmental Rights-based Socio-Environmental Conflicts. A quali-quantitative analysis", by Chiara Certomà (ESOMAS, University of Turin) & Federico Martellozzo (DISEI, University of Florence). May 5, 2022, 14 CET. The presentation based on a paper by Chiara Certomà (ESOMAS, University of Turin) , Federico Martellozzo (DISEI, University of Florence), Stefania Benetti (University of Milan - Bicocca), Roberta Gemmiti (MEMOTEF, University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
Post-doc Call on “European civic technology laboratories”
We are advertising a 1-yearPost-doc position [Assegno di ricerca] that will work with a vibrant and welcoming multidisciplinary research team on the EU project “Network of Laboratories for Civic Technologies Co-Production: Digital Services for the Public Administrations of the future” (NLAB4CIT).
Eleven essays against the forces of displacement in European cities
The European Cultural Foundation in collaboration with Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw just issued a collection of brief essays titled "Our city, our home. Eleven essays against the forces of displacement in European cities", edited by Charlie Tims. Together with several inspiring contributions, this also includes my chapter on "Political Gardening. The rise of urban gardening is a way of contesting space"
Digital Sustainability? Promises, pitfalls, contradictions, paradoxes and backlashes of digitally-supported ecological transition
With the DIGGEO@ESOMAS I am proposing a call for papers for the next RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2022 (30th August- 2nd September). The session is intended to explore the controversial topic of Digital Sustainability in the ecological transition age (see the call below).
Critical explorations on space, spatialities and socio-technological assemblages @ Geography and Technology Conference
The DIGGEO@ESOMAS lab is leading a session dedicated to "Digital participation in urban governance. Advancing critical explorations on space, spatialities and socio-technological assemblages" during the workshop on Geography and Technology organised by the Società di Studi Geografici.
“Between justice theory and physical realities” at the AESOP TG Operationalizing the Just City
On the 24th of February 2022, together with Martin Sondermann (ARL - Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association), I am giving a presentation titled "Between justice theory and physical realities: urban gardening and cultures of spatial planning" at the AESOP Annual conference TG Ethics, Values and Planning - Operationalizing the Just City (Dortmund and online), chaired by Stefano Cozzolino & Arend Jonkman.
Is renewable energy just a matter of technological development?
I am among the researchers (and the paper's authors) who took part in the EU Energy Shift project that served as a base for the new paper titled "Beyond technology: A research agenda for social sciences and humanities research on renewable energy in Europe", published on Energy Research and Social Science and freely downloadable for 50 days at https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1ebwM7tZ6ZxQin
“Political and Economic Geography” text book now out
The publication of an entirely revised version of the insightful text book "Political Economic Geography" has been announced by Pearson publisher. This include my chapter proposing a critical desciption of environmental transition, from the roots of western environmental thinking throught its mainstreaming and failure, up to the recent urban political ecology perspective.
Rural City Labs starting soon
The Orto della SME has been invited by Zappata Romana to take part in training labs for gardeners funded by the project Seminati. Labs will take place one for month until Dec 2022 and will be held in Rome collective gardens, with the possibility for remote participation (if interested write to email@example.com).
Now out on Geographies of the Digital
The proceedings of the Decima Giornata di studio in Geografia economico-politica, titled "Oltre la globalizzazione - Feedback" (University of Florence, Dec. 2020) are now out and free for downloading by the Società di Studi Geografici.
Edgeryders is hiring a lead ethnographer
My friends at Edgeryders, a social enterprise focused on bringing to bear collective intelligence for the betterment of the human condition (https://www.edgeryders.org/), are hiring a lead ethnographer to participate in research projects and contribute to the company’s scientific mission.
Now out – free download! “Future scenarios of Digital Social Innovation in urban governance”
A new article of mine, titled "Future scenarios of Digital Social Innovation in urban governance. A collective discussion on the socio-political implications in Ghent", is now out (online first) in Cities! Until the 17th of February this can be freely downloaded.
Opening of our collective garden “L’orto della SME” @UniTo
On the 17th of December 2021 at 3.30 pm we are officially opening the collective garden "L'orto della SME" at the University of Turin. Founded by the EU via the “Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus Call for Regions/cities: capitalise on existing EIT Food consumer engagement projects”, the garden is now ready for everybody to enjoy it and collaborate to make it even more vibrant and partici
Video presentation of my book “Digital Social Innovation” by Earth System Governance Project
I have been interviewed by Jane Butler, Science and Communication Officer at the Earth System Governance Project about my new book “Digital Social Innovation. Spatial Imaginaries and Technological Resistances in Urban Governance”.
Clean up our collective garden @ UniTo
On the 26th of Nov 2021, as initial step toward the creation of our collective garden at the School of Management and Economics funded by the EIT Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus project. The event is part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (SERR) and Let’s Clean up Europe Azione di clean up @ SME - EWWR.
Roundtable “The challenges of the platform society” – PLUS project
I'm giving my contribute during the final roundtable, titled "The challenges of the platform society" and held in Palazzo Hercolani - Bologna, as the final event of the H2020 project PLUS (Platform Labour in Urban Spaces), 2nd of Dec 2021.
Climathon Belgrade 2021. Keynote on “Transformation of public spaces – from gray to green”
I'm giving a keynote speech today, the 27th of November 2021, the Climathon Belgrade, titled “Transformation of public spaces - from gray to green. Community Support”.
II Digital Geographies Conference: Critical perspectives on the platform economy
I'm presenting on the 28th of October 2021 on the "A collectively designed critical research agenda on Digital Social Innovation" at the II Digital Geographies Conference: Critical perspectives on the platform economy organised by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning - University of Lisbon.