Working Group 2 - Digital forms of knowledge production and placemaking

This WG takes a broad transdisciplinary approach to the question of local knowledge production with the support of digital tools. Mapping, dissemination tools, blogs, games, apps and many other applications helps in the production of citizens’ knowledge about a particular place. Research has shown that the locals’ knowledge on the place is a crucial factor in the formation of local identity and the practicing of placemaking. This working group addresses questions focusing on the practices and strategies of knowledge production of local communities with a comparative approach analyzing the process of translation and adaptation involved in it.


Work plan for Working Group 2

Workshop 1 - Urban experiences and knowledge as a resource 1. This workshop concentrates on urban experiences and knowledge, perceptions and utilizations throughout history and across Europe. Various forms of experiences and knowledges developed in the cities - from travel writing to local archives. This workshop intends to settle the theoretical framing for this variety of urban experiences and knowledges from an interdisciplinary perspective. In doing so, it elaborates on the differences between urban experiences and knowledge, thus supporting the development of new theoretical approaches on these issues.

Workshop 2 - Urban experiences and knowledge as a resource 2. This workshop, based on the outcomes of the first one, concentrates on the collection and examination of various case studies on urban experiences and knowledges from different European cities. This collection of case studies will be researched within the WG. 

Workshop 3 - Digital knowledge production. This workshop focuses on the collection of case studies for further analysis. The selection of case studies will be achieved in collaboration with non-academic partners, involving urban activists, municipalities and various NGOs.

Workshop 4 - Mapping digital knowledge production. This workshop focuses on the practices and strategies of digital tools-based knowledge production in order to understand and grasp similarities and differences between the various local communities across Europe. In doing so, the workshop maps the variety of practices and strategies visually, thereby offering a powerful comparative method.


Working Group Lead


Dr Marijke MARTIN
University of Groningen



Ms Székely JÚLIA
Eotvos Lorand University