Igor Calzada Researcher, Urban Transformations

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Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, is a researcher on the Programme for the Future of Cities, working primarily on the European regional comparative dimension through two projects: the ‘REPLICATE: Renaissance of Places with Innovative Citizenship and Technology’ lighthouse research project funded by the European Commission H2020-Smart Cities and Communities (2016-2021), and the European branch of Urban Transformations portfolio funded by the ESRC. He also holds a Lecturer position in Global Cities and Public Policy, Governance and Strategic Change in Cities on the MSc in Global Sustainable Cities at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK). Recently, he was awarded the 2016 Visiting Research Fellowship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (BCUS) and Political Science Department (POLI), where he will be organising scientific exchange activities.

He is an experienced and entrepreneurial academic with expertise in social innovation, smart cities and city-regions. His main research interests are comparing social, technological, economic, democratic and political innovative processes in cities and regions by paying special attention to cases and issues of regional and metropolitan devolution. In particular, he is focused on investigating European City-Region and Smart City benchmarking case studies through the application of qualitative and action research methods.

He previously worked as Lecturer, Research Fellow and EU project director at Aston University in Birmingham (UK), the University of Nevada (USA), the University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Mondragon (Spain). He has experience outside the academy as Director in the Basque Regional Government and also in the private sector as Project Director at the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation, a corporation and federation of worker cooperatives based in the Basque Country (Spain), and Deputy Director in industrial SMEs.

An introduction to the MSc in Global Sustainable Cities at the University of Strathclyde, by one of the module coordinators Dr Igor Calzada:

TEDxMontevideo talk on the future of cities (in Spanish)


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Urban Transformations Coordination

Michael Keith, Nicola Headlam, Peter Grant, Igor Calzada, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Emma Newcombe, Mikal Mast and Nathan Grassi | 2015 - 2019