“Governance and Citizenship within Platform Urbanization: Digital twin and Inclusive Urban Development.”

Capacity Building Workshop

17 June 2024, Birkbeck University of London

Malet Street, Birkbeck Central, London WC1E 7HY

Room: Birkbeck Central BCB 311

Time: 9am – 6pm


Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS) Birkbeck University of London

Centre for Innovation Management Research (CIMR) Birkbeck University of London

LUCI – Labour, Urbanscape and CItizenship Research area – Competence Centre for Labour, Welfare, and Social Research (SUPSI, University of applied sciences of Southern Switzerland)

Sponsor: Innovation Research Fund, Birkbeck University of London


Platform urbanization refers to the increasing influence and impact of digital platforms and technologies on urban development processes, shaping the way cities are governed, their institutional framework, and how urban spaces are experienced and lived by their citizens.

The workshop elaborates on two driving questions:

  1. To what extent and with which institutional settings do platforms display a specific focus on the city?;
  2. How do platforms redefine or challenge the way in which urban forms of citizenship are shaped?

This workshop represents a key platform bringing together esteemed scholars, and international experts from different organisations, and research institutes from various countries (UK, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, India, Singapore, France, and Denmark).

In this transformative workshop, we will analyse and try to envisage how to shape the future of platform urbanization, positioning ourselves to compete for substantial grants that will drive meaningful change in the field. Our objectives in effect are: i) in the short term, the production of a policy report/publication and the start of a collaborative network; ii) in the medium/long term, the establishment of a consortium to compete for research projects.

Convenors and Queries

Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk) Filippo Bignami (Filippo.Bignami@supsi.ch), Niccolò Cuppini (Niccolo.Cuppini@supsi.ch) and Saverio Romeo (saverio.romeo@bbk.ac.uk)


9.00 – 9.30 Networking Coffee and Welcome

9.30-11.30 Session 1 (hybrid) Coordinators: Saverio Romeo and Filippo Bignami

Discussion on urban digital twins, governance, and citizenship challenges/engagement

(in-person and on-line participants)

Speakers (Max 10-Minute Presentation)

  • Dylan Brady (NUS Singapore)
  • Khaliq Parkar (CESSMA University of Paris)
  • Otello Palmini (University of Ferrara)
  • Carmelo Cennamo (Copenaghen Business school – EUDPRN) 
  • Uttara Purandare (IITB-Monash Research Academy, India)

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45–13.30 Session 2 (in-person) Coordinators: Filippo Bignami and Naomi C. Hanakata (NUS Singapore)

Analysis, discussion and focus of research themes to be developed in the project.

Speakers (Max 10-Minute Presentation)

  • Stefania Paolazzi (Comune di Bologna)
  • Noemi Julian (FIU-Fondazione Innovazione urbana Bologna)
  • Martijn de Waal (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – Amsterdam Smart city)
  • Suzie McAleer (Managing Director of 21cConsultancy)
  • Persis Taraporevala (Birkbeck)
  • Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck)
  • Susan Moore (UCL)

Sum-up of main research themes to elaborate on Filippo Bignami and Naomi C. Hanakata

13.30-14.30 Lunch break

14.30-16.00 Session 3 (in-person) Coordinators: Luca Andriani and Niccolò Cuppini

Development of research hypotheses, open discussion

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Session 4 (in-person) Coordinators: Luca Andriani and Niccolò Cuppini

Set-up of consortium and network, conclusion – In person session

19.00 Social Dinner Funded by the Conference

Restaurant: TAS Bloomsbury (22 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QJ