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City lights reflecting onto water.
by Phil Allmendinger  |  16th June 2021

Phil Allmendinger reflects on the digital revolution’s effect on cities, warning us to look up from our smartphones and reengage with the ‘forgotten city’ – the parts that digital doesn’t touch.…Read more

City reflecting off a metal globe.
by Timothy J. Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones  |  10th June 2021

Tim Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones explain how crucial it is for cities to reimagine how people will want to live, work and play in urban environments in 2040 and beyond.…Read more

Rows of yellow ducks with one blue duck.
by Claes-Fredrik Helgesson Steve Woolgar David Moats and Else Vogel  |  4th June 2021

The editors of The Imposter as Social Theory - Steve Woolgar, Else Vogel, David Moats and Claes-Fredrik Helgesson - introduce the contemporary concept of impostering. They bring in examples from politics and film culture to give us a taste of the tangles that surround the imposter figure and the destabilisation of social order they generate. …Read more

Kid working on a computer
by John Bynner and Walter R. Heinz  |  26th March 2021

John Bynner and Walter Heinz, authors of 'Youth Prospects in the Digital Society', outline some of the challenges and uneven prospects young people face in a digital society. …Read more

Colourful dots in concentric circles
by Rob Kitchin  |  9th February 2021

Rob Kitchin, author of ‘Data Lives: How Data are Made and Shape our World’, warns us not to accept data at face value. He explains why he is telling data stories to remind us that the production of data is a creative endeavour.…Read more

Photo of an iPhone homescreen
by Scott Timcke  |  18th January 2021

Scott Timcke, author of 'Algorithms and the End of Politics', considers how digital tech companies not only shape everyday perception, but control the economy, legitimise state force and upend democratic practice. …Read more

Sign saying 'The climate is changing, why aren't we?'
by Philippe Bihouix  |  8th December 2020

Following the publication of ‘The Age of Low Tech’, Philippe Bihouix explains the concept of shifting baselines and argues that we need the absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption.…Read more

Cardboard hashtag in a shipping container
by Bridget Harris and Laura Vitis  |  24th November 2020

With minimal diversity in tech companies, is it a surprise that inequalities and biases are embedded in technology, and potential impacts on women often overlooked by developers? Bridget Harris and Laura Vitis examine tech abuse and how women are using tech to fight back.…Read more

World map made of colourful dots
by Clare Wilkinson  |  12th November 2020

As COVID-19 continues to heighten attention on science communication in 2020, Clare Wilkinson introduces a new book series 'Contemporary Issues in Science Communication', which seeks to increase the breadth and depth of academic accounts in science communication. …Read more

Sign saying 'Think outside the box'
by Rob Kitchin  |  10th November 2020

Rob Kitchin explains how blending scholarly analysis and fictional storytelling offers the potential to communicate scholarly findings beyond academia.…Read more