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[liberationtech] Two 3 year Postdoc Posts Programmable City Project

Tracey P. Lauriault tlauriau at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 05:18:00 PDT 2015


*Two 3 year Postdoc Posts Programmable City Project*, National University
of Ireland Maynooth

We’re recruiting!  We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to work on
the Programmable City project to (1) unpack data assemblages, and (2)
examine big data industry and smart cities.

These posts will complement the existing research team.

*Post 1: Unpacking a data assemblage, including the associated
technological stack*
Adopting a critical data studies approach, this researcher will examine in
depth, and compare and contrast, two data assemblages, mostly likely
operating in the public sector.  The aim is to gain a detailed conceptual
and empirical understanding from a social sciences perspective of how data
infrastructures are on the one hand technically assembled (through a
technical stack composed of hardware, networks, software, algorithms, data,
interfaces) and operated using a set of technical and social practices, and
how their production and operation is socially, politically, legally and
economically framed.  The empirical research will consist primarily of
ethnographic work within organisations, along with in-depth interviews with
key actors and stakeholders.

*Post 2:  Big data industry and smart cities*
This researcher will, on the one hand, examine in depth the development of
big data industries in Dublin and Boston, examining the big data ecosystem
(including big data analytics and data brokers) and its associated
discursive regime, and on the other, examine how big data are being
mobilised and deployed within smart city initiatives as part of big data
assemblages.  The aim is to gain a detailed conceptual and empirical
understanding of the development and use of big data and big data analytics
within the private and public sector to complement existing project work on
open data, and how big data are being deployed in practice in cities and
any associated consequences.  The empirical research will consist primarily
of in-depth interviews with key actors and stakeholders and one and two
case studies of urban big data initiatives.

There will be some latitude to re-jig these projects in negotiation with
the principal investigator in order to fit the interests, expertise and
experience of the appointed researchers.

Full details can be found on the Maynooth University vacancies page
<http://humanresources.nuim.ie/vacancies.shtml> (labelled
Post Doctoral Researcher x 2 – NIRSA).

-- 
Tracey P. Lauriault
http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/progcity/contributors/tracey-p-lauriault/
https://gcrc.carleton.ca/confluence/display/GCRCWEB/Lauriault
http://datalibre.ca/
@TraceyLauriault
*Skype:* Tracey.P.Lauriault
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