Episode #7
Cities and data
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2021 by Pavel Neznanov
Smart cities are ideal, a promise that is a result of, first, the observation that cities were the main source of human and environmental stress, and second, the emergency of new and efficient forms of storage and sharing information. In the early 2000s, we had the reasons, motivation, and apparently means to re-invent cities.

However, some might say that a smart city is too much of a big promise to be kept. As we mentioned in the first episode of the Data Talks, cities are different, have different challenges, and have different goals.

And how can cities decide what their own goals are? How can cities produce and use their own knowledge, establishing their own and original developing models? What data and what data strategy do we need for that?
Prof. Dr. Samuel Mössner
Full Professor at the Institute of Geography at University of Münster
Samuel Mössner heads the "Spatial Planning/Sustainability" research group, which deals with issues of sustainability and planning from a geographical perspective, at the Institute of Geography of WWU Münster. His academic focus is on the transition of cities and regions, governance and participation, as well as spatial planning and planning conflicts.
Samuel has conducted research on eco-cities and sustainable urban development and is co-author of Adventures in Sustainable Urbanism (SUNY Press). His key areas are sustainability and transition research, governance research and planning conflicts.

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Carolina Guimarães

Coordinator of Indicators for the Sustainable Cities Program.

Carolina Guimarães graduated in Political Science and Economics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and holds a Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Over the past 15 years she worked in different sectors, such as academia, private, public and third sector and multilateral organizations. Her recent positions include working at UN-Habitat as a knowledge management advisor for the Latin America and the Caribbean regional office and later supported the construction of a housing platform working for Cities Alliance. She currently manages the projects portfolio at Rede Nossa São Paulo at Sustainable Cities Institute.

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