Communicating with your bank, your municipality, your library – it is increasingly done entirely digitally. Despite this ubiquity of digital world, there is a huge digital divide. Not all citizens have access to or are able to use the necessary tools. Agency is heavily influenced by social and economic class.
The Urban Citizen Fellowship offers researchers the opportunity to carry out research projects on this important issue. Tools and skills are constantly changing, making it difficult for organizations and governments to develop inclusive strategies. How do public libraries live up to their historical role as gateways to culture and information? What are design requirements for digital architectures for governments to ensure that all residents on both sides of the digital divide can access and contribute to local governance?
This unique fellowship offers researchers the opportunity to carry out research projects on issues with regards to living in a city and feeling like a citizen. It combines the benefits of working in the interdisciplinary environment of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) with the advantages of doing a project with high societal impact and concrete results. Fellows and officials are teamed up to stimulate intellectual and practical collaboration. And each new Urban Citizen Fellow builds on the work of previous fellows like Tamar de Waal and Nanke Verloo. Read more and apply here.