Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, FeRSA, is a researcher and policy adviser on the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and in the Urban Transformations programme funded by the ESRC (https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/people/igor-calzada/). He also holds a lecturer position in the MSc in Global Sustainable Cities at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in two thematic modules: Global Cities and Public Policy, Governance, and Strategic Change in Cities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_gTTSNA3QA.
His research focusses on (i) benchmarking city-regions through processes of rescaling nation-states, devolution, pervasive metropolitanisation and algorithmic nations (http://www.cityregions.org/) and (ii) comparing cases of smart cities in experimental transitions towards the technopolitics of data and the technological sovereignty. 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 is working primarily on the European (smart) city-regional comparative dimension through two main projects: (i) REPLICATE-H2020-Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse project funded by the European Commission (2016-2021), where he is the WP leader of Replication strategy by establishing the ‘City-to-City-Learning’ Programme (www.replicate-project.eu/city2citylearning); (ii) the European strategy of Urban Transformations portfolio funded by the ESRC where he coordinated the ‘Bridging European Urban Transformations’ 2016-2018 Workshop Series in partnership among the University of Oxford/COMPAS and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/4448/). In 2016, he was awarded the 2016 Visiting Research Fellowship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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.
Personal website and further publication details: http://www.igorcalzada.com/about