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    Urban data cultures in post-socialist countries: challenges for evidence-based policy towards housing sustainability

    Tarantino, M. and Lokot, T. and Moore, S. and Rodgers, Scott and Tosoni, S. (2019) Urban data cultures in post-socialist countries: challenges for evidence-based policy towards housing sustainability. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

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    This draft report summarises the initial results from the research project "Urban Data Cultures: Understanding Creation and Management of Housing-Related Information in Post-Communist Republics". This project seeks to better understand the how geographically-varied ‘data cultures’ (i.e. variegated representations, values, norms, epistemologies, practices, infrastructures, standards, power structures, etc, through which data is produced and used) inform the monitoring of progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly as they relate to urban housing. For this pilot module, the countries of Georgia, Ukraine, Albania and Kyrgyzstan have been selected as research settings. Our main methods were: in-depth interviews with officials engaged in housing policy and management at the central, regional and local levels (n=24); notes from informal conversations, workshops and visits to state departments; and an analysis of background policy reports, journalism and academic literature related to the case study countries. On the basis of this material, we explore how management styles of housing data are observably impacted in our field settings by three key dynamics: marketization/decentralization; knowledge and expertise; and the evolution of data sharing infrastructures. We then proceed to outline a five-dimensional model of 'data cultures', comprising: 'relationships between data and decision-making'; 'relationships between the data of particular public organizations and civil society'; 'systematicity of data collection'; 'attitudes towards data sharing'; and 'specialization of data-related functions'. In conclusion, we outline some preliminary recommendations.


    Item Type: Other
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): data, cities, post-socialist, Ukraine, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, housing, policy, SDGs, sustainability
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Scott Rodgers
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 12:51
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:47


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