CiTYCOM- Technopolitics and co-creation for a new local governance

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks

Description of the project offered:
The main aim of CITYCOM is the training of ESRs in the ground-breaking issue of technopolitics, as well as in the multiple advantages of ICTs appropriation by the citizenry, both key issues within the EU nowadays. This training will forge excellent scientists and provide tem with strategic skills, advancing the state-of-the-art of the design and evaluation of social and political innovation processes related to ICTs, policy making and social participation in a more inclusive Europe. Participation in European affairs has decreased steadily in recent years spite of the emergence of ICTs and the popularity of social media, illustrating the gap between EU institutions and the participation of its citizens. This proposal places the EU in the front line of current research on the topic, responding to the demand of a new generation of researchers with international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary training and capacity building. Besides, the proposed program offers ESRs career opportunities in the interface of academia, society and theindustry within the public, private and third sectors, helping to overcome key EU societal challenges. This will be achieved through an integrated PhD programme involving a consortium led by University of Sevilla (Spain). Such consortium will bring together several ERs (Sociology, Communication, History, Politics, Philosophy, Humanities and Technology) with complementary experience, boosting ESRs pool of integrated skills (training-through research, hands-on activities, outreach, management, theoretical, empirical and technical). CITYCOM approaches the study of activism and social participation throughout ICTs using qualitative-based methodology. The proposal’s threefold commitment is structured in the ESRs personal experience, a proactive stance focus in the inter-institutional, international and interdisciplinary Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The program will be managed by a simple andefficient structure constituted by a Coordination Team, a Supervision Committee and the ERs team leaders (scientists in charge) of the consortium making the best use of well established, prestigious and respected academic infrastructures. The ITN will improve the proficiency of the ESRs operating in differentiated and strong research environment hubs while also giving them a first-hand experience of secondments helping them to learn how to apply their skills in solving EU societal challenges linked to public sector, open government, business model innovation, social innovation community and ICTs for learning and inclusion. CITYCOM will enhance their capabilities within a fiercely competitive enviroment within both academic and non-academic sectors, as well as providing them with the skills to be independent research team leaders on their own. In the long term, our network and training programme aim to establish themselves as a leading voice on Europe, strengthening ERA goals on the topic.
Project proposer: Francisco Sierra Caballero ()
Partner role: Project coordinator