Smartness as Wealth

This project examines five particular aspects of the new model of wealth creation and urban management: optimization, sustainability, inclusion, resilience, and convenience. The project examines historically and ethnographically the relationship between contemporary smart urbanism and wealth, and the urban economies transformed through smart technologies. Ethnographically the research will occur in five sites in five different countries: Hamburg, Nairobi, Denver and Tokyo.

  • Funded by: Volkwagen Stiftung
  • Funding Amount: €1,5million
  • Project Duration: 2024 - 2028 (4 Years)

Project Partners

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Case Studies

Future of African Cities

This project examines historically and ethnographically the relationship between contemporary smart urbanism and wealth, and the urban economies transformed through smart technologies.

Smartness as Wealth

This project examines the relationship between contemporary smart urbanism and wealth, and the urban economies transformed through smart technologies.

Smartness as Wealth

This project examines the relationship between contemporary smart urbanism and wealth, and the urban economies transformed through smart technologies.

Smartness as Wealth

This project examines the relationship between contemporary smart urbanism and wealth, and the urban economies transformed through smart technologies.

Denver

In Denver, also dubbed ‘Silicon Mountain’, the focus is on smart energy infrastructures and energy markets offering resilience.

Hamburg

In Germany’s ‘smartest city’, Hamburg, we focus on experiments in smart logistics and the primary promise of optimization.

Kolkata

In India, Kolkata’s satellite cities provide a case of smart, speculative real estate development promising sustainability.

Nairobi

In Nairobi, Kenya’s ‘Silicon Savannah’, we explore financial technology platforms and their promise of inclusion and human capital development.

Tokyo

In Tokyo, we explore the promise of convenience through a study of smart retail.

Project Team

Armin Beverungen

Professor, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Hamburg, (PI)

Liza Cirolia

Snr Researcher, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Nairobi, (PI)

Marc Steinberg

Professor, Concordia University, Montreal

Tokyo, (PI)

Orit Halpern

Professor, Technical University in Dresden

Denver, (PI)

Anindita Nag

Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University

Kolkata, (PI)

Andrea Pollio

Professor, Polytechnic University of Turin | Research Associate, ACC

Nairobi

Randi Heinrichs

Postdoctoral Fellow, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Hamburg

Archimedes Muzenda

PhD Researcher, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

Nairobi

Ananya

PhD Researcher, Concordia University, Montreal

Tokyo

Linh Tran

MA Student, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Hamburg

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