Andrew Karvonen

2016 Visiting Research Fellow

Fellows Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI) Planning & Development Smart & ICT & Data
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University of Manchester, United Kingdom / From February to May 2016 / Smart Urbanism and the Techno-politics of Infrastructure Innovation

Andrew Karvonen is Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism in the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester. He is also the co-director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy where he contributes to critical studies of urban sustainability, resilience, and energy. In his research, he combines ideas from science & technology studies and urban studies to examine the politics and governance of infrastructure networks. He has completed research projects on energy and water systems, smart districts, and low-carbon housing, and has published his research findings in internationally leading journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning A, and Progress in Planning. He won the 2014 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning John Friedmann Book Award for his research monograph, Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology, and the Sustainable City (The MIT Press).

During his 2016 visiting fellowship at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Andrew explored the techno-politics of smart urbanism with a particular focus on innovations in infrastructure networks. He collaborated with colleagues in the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research and the Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI) to understand how the smart agenda is influencing transport, energy, and ecological services. This work is linked to his involvement in a five-year, €25m Horizon 2020 project titled ‘Triangulum: Three Points of Light’ that is realising exemplar low-carbon smart districts in Manchester, Eindhoven, and Stavanger. His visit at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies provided an opportunity to situate this project within the larger European smart cities agenda and to explore how the notion of ‘smart’ is being combined with notions of sustainable, resilient, and liveable cities.