Date: 21 September 2020
Time: 3:00 PM CET (6:30 PM IST)
Duration: 45 min session and 15 min Question Answers (Total 1 hour)
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5174111913579989262
This talk focuses on the emerging phenomena of UrbanSpace (UDS) and investigates how UDS may be developed with taking a responsible and perspective. Space is one of the frontiers of in that aims at creating „a seamless area with the scale that will enable the development of new products and based on ” (EC 2018). The major idea of these is to openly provide large quantities and multiple types of for governments, industry and other actors in order to innovate: develop new and products or link existing sectors. City projects intend to manage in urban environments and face similar challenges of organizational complexities. UDS is suggested to facilitate an eco- for exchange and added value creation utilizing the various types of within a city/municipality. Dataspaces/UDS raise not only technical challenges ( , etc.), but are entangled with questions on social and aspects relevant for the constitution of modern societies. It is important to note that and value chain gaps regularly lead to policy procrastination, as lack of shared positions of academia and/or business hinders policy makers to even understand, let alone address the challenges of Space . As Space is at Readiness Level (TRL) 3-4, it is essential to address, besides the semantic assessment of structures, semiotic in dataspace . This would require the assessment of the ’sign relational complex’ or, according to semiotic theory, the pragmatics of : ascertaining, assessing and researching the processes by which signs relate to the agents who use them to refer to things in the world and to communicate their intentions about those things to other agents who may have similar or different intentions concerning the same or different things. This also brings about ethical and concerns: Does UDS lead to an of stakeholders? Does it offer a new sphere for stakeholders’ , participation and new formats, modes for engaging those in the urban public sphere who previously were not involved? Or might UDS, as we have seen in other social spheres affected by the current Corona crisis, highlight and enlarge existing partitions in society? An RRI-inspired UDS approach would mean trying to make UDS more inclusive, decision-makers and other key stakeholders’ attitude to their work more reflective and suggest political and policy implementation processes in UDS that are more responsive to societal needs and ethical concerns. This talk will focus on using the RRI-heuristic provided by Owen et al. to identify some challenges and to reflect on the responsibilities of various actors involved in UDS R&I. We will also point to a new : the “societal readiness thinking ” developed in the NewHoRRIzon as a potentially important way to address the looming questions of responsible related to UDS.
Name of the Speaker: Robert Braun
Designation: Associate Professor/Senior Researcher, Deputy Head, Techno- & Societal Transformation
Affiliation: Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria
Robert studied philosophy of arts and history at the University of Budapest, in 2002 he did his PhD in philosophy. 1991-94 he was assistant professor at ELTE University of Budapest. From 1994-2019 he was Associate Professor at Corvinus University in Budapest. From 2015-2018 he was Professor at Lauder Business School in Vienna. He was Pro-Rector of International Business School in Budapest 2014-2015. He is currently senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and Associate Professor at Masaryk University in Brno. He didat Rutgers University in the US, at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Wassenaar, Netherlands, and taught at numerous universities in the EU and the US. His projects involve the and engagement of stakeholders in corporate communities as well as the societal impacts of (autonomous) mobility. His core interest is in the politics of societal transformation. His past includes the politics of historiography [creation of power/ and meaning in relation to the past]; the politics of corporations [creation of power/ through social exchange/business]; and, currently, the politics of autonomous mobility [creation of power/ through ]. His last book was “Corporate Democracy,” published by CEU Press in 2019; his new and forthcoming book (written with Richard Randell) is on “Dromobility: Towards post-automobility” with Rowman & Littlefield International.
Some of Robert’s recent papers:
- https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6499/39 Magazine:
- Doing and https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23299460.2020.1789387 responsibly online:
- Social labs as inclusive method: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/5391/1/timmermans-blok-braun-et-al-2020-social-labs-responsible-research.pdf