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IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecture | Working in the Smart City by Prof Clinton Andrews

Society on Social Implications of Technology

IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter, Santa Clara Valley SSIT Chapter, Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Baltimore SSIT Chapter and a number of other SSIT Chapters are cooperating to organise this SSIT Distinguished Lecture (DL) as a joint Chapter online Distinguished Lecture.

Not since the era of the family farm has such a large fraction of the employed population worked from home. The spike in remote work due to COVID-19 pandemic is temporary, but it highlights an underlying trend. Remote work at home and in “third” places such as cafes, hotels, and airports has been enabled by access to wireless networks and mobile cloud computing collaboration software. Such a spatial and temporal fragmentation of related work activities is not available to everyone, but it affects an increasing fraction of the population. It features prominently in popular images of the future of work.

This Distinguished Lecture examines how the relationship between space, technology, and the workplace has developed over time, how power relations embedded in these overlapping physical and cyberspaces constrain our behaviour, and what novel ethical and equity concerns arise in the emerging smart city.

It relies on original interview and observation data from the New York (USA) metropolitan area augmented by national statistics. Findings include identification of multiple points where control of overlapping physical and cyberspaces either enables or prevents the fragmentation of work activities. These carry important implications for those who work in the smart city and those who design it.


Clinton Andrews is a professor of urban planning and associate dean for research at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He was educated at Brown and MIT in engineering and planning, and worked previously in the private sector and at Princeton University. He teaches public informatics, industrial ecology, green building, and coastal risk. Andrews performs research on how people use the built environment and the implications for work, climate, energy, resilience, sustainability, and health. His books include Humble Analysis: The Practice of Joint Fact-Finding, Regulating Regional Power Systems, and Industrial Ecology and Global Change.

He just completed service as co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and is now President of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a licensed Professional Engineer, a Fellow of AAAS, and an avid experimenter with new methods for collecting field data in urban settings.


Please register to participate up to 10 March. IEEE Members are requested to include their IEEE Membership Number as part of registration. All participants should include an email address as part of registration to facilitate receiving the meeting link.

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