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Andrea Hamm
Weizenbaum Institute, Germany
Andrea Hamm is a researcher in the group "Digitalization, Sustainability, and Participation" at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society.
Her work focuses on the socio-political dimensions of digitalization, sustainability transitions, and the role of digital technologies among civic actor groups in transformation and innovation processes.
Yuya Shibuya
University of Tokyo, Japan
Yuya Shibuya is an Associate Professor at the Center for Spatial Information Science at The University of Tokyo (Japan).
Her interests lie in how the virtual and real worlds interact with one another. She has investigated how democratic participatory structures have changed in the digital era and the impacts on people’s behavior change.
Teresa Cerratto Pargman
Stockholm University, Sweden
Teresa Cerratto Pargman is a Professor of HCI at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.
She works with technological mediation theories and is interested in the impact of emerging technologies on everyday practices in education and beyond. She has been involved in the design of civic observatories via the EU-funded project Ground Truth. She is currently the PI for a research project studying ethical issues and values associated with AI in the public sector, from a post phenomenological perspective of technologies. Teresa is also an associate director for outreach at Digital Futures in Sweden.
Roy Bendor
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Roy Bendor is an Assistant Professor of Critical Design in the Department of Human-Centered Design at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
His research explores the relations between design, culture and politics, and more recently, the ways in which urban imaginaries and different conceptions of the future influence the design and deployment of smart city technologies. Roy is also a Fellow of the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University, and former editor of the sustainability forum in ACM’s Interactions magazine. His book, Interactive Media for Sustainability (2018), was published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication series.
Nicolai Brodersen Hansen
Aalborg University, Denmark
Nicolai Brodersen Hansen is an Assistant Professor at Aalborg University.
His research is situated within HCI and Participatory Design. He focuses on understanding, modeling, and improving digital tools and activities that support design-based collaboration in a range of domains, primarily with a civic bent. He has been organizing workshops at DIS, NordiCHI and OZCHI, and is an expert on organizing participatory sessions.
Christoph Raetzsch
Aarhus University, Denmark
Christoph Raetzsch is an Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies of Aarhus University (Denmark).
He works in journalism studies and researches history and theory of media development and practice in journalism, public spheres and urban spaces. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the project OrganiCity at Aarhus University. His recent research deals with interpretations of smartness to animate civic innovation in cities, the interfaces and infrastructures of publics besides journalism, and the emergent potential of quotidian media practices to shape public discourses. In 2022 he is chair of the local committee to host the ECREA "Rethink Impact" conference in Aarhus.
Masahiko Shoji
Musashi University, Japan
Masahiko Shoji is a Professor at Musashi University (Japan).
His research focuses on how the shift to an information society will affect society and individuals. He is particularly interested in local informatization, or how information and communication technology can be used to manage local communities and develop the lifestyles, economies, and cultural activities of local communities. He is the founder and representative of Open Knowledge Japan, an organization that promotes the dissemination and utilization of Open Data that can be freely used by anyone.
Christoph Bieber
CAIS Institute, Germany
Christoph Bieber is a Professor of Political Science at the NRW School of Governance, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany).
Since 2018 he has been delegated to the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, where as a research professor he directs the program “Digital Democratic Innovations” that runs from 2021 until 2026. The empirical focus of the research program is on Smart City-politics and digital decision-making.
Mennatullah Hendawy
CAIS Institute, Germany / Ain Shams University, Egypt
Mennatullah Hendawy is an interdisciplinary urban planner working on the intersection of cities and technology towards equity and sustainability.
She is one of the founders of Cairo Urban AI, a project working on exploring the potential of using artificial intelligence to develop just and sustainable cities. She is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Impact circles Berlin, and Ain Shams University in Cairo.
Gwen Klerks
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Gwen Klerks is a PhD candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Technology Sydney.
Throughout her research, she investigates how designers can collaborate with civic communities to promote sustainable urban futures. Specifically, she investigates how designers can support communities to take collective action by exploring how to navigate the complexities of the community context.
Ben Schouten
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Ben Schouten is professor of Playful Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Industrial Design as well as lector Play & Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
He founded the Master Digital Design in Amsterdam and until 2020 worked as its scientific director. His group focuses on play and design for social innovations, citizen empowerment and culture. He (co) authored 5 books and 100-plus publications at the intersection of play, games, participatory design and citizen empowerment. His latest book, The Civic Empowerment Toolbox, Action Design for Urban Futures has recently been published. His design includes, multiple games within the domain of health care, education, urban planning, focusing on playful empowerment.