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Fondation Botnar launches TYPCities research call

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Today, more than half of the world’s population live in urban settings. By 2050, that figure is expected to rise even further, to 6.5 billion people, with the vast majority being young people. Even by 2030, an estimated 60% of urban populations will be under the age of 18. It is therefore young people who are, and will be continuing to, drive the future of our cities.

This rapid urbanisation goes hand in hand with another global trend: the fast-growing spread of data-driven, digital technologies that are being used to improve the administration and governance of cities. These digital urban infrastructures can facilitate inclusive, democratic, and participatory decision-making, but they can also have the opposite effect. They can be used to surveil, monitor, and “datafy” people in public spaces, thereby potentially endangering rights. Therefore, we need to better understand how data-driven and digital technologies can support or threaten young people’s health, wellbeing, and livelihoods.

Responding to this need, and to ensure cities ethically and equitably deploy data-driven and digital technologies to give young people a greater say, we are inviting applicants to submit research proposals as part of our new interdisciplinary research program: ‘Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in LMICs’ (TYPCities). The program will run for three years (2023-2026).

A call for innovative proposals about technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in low- and middle-income countries (TYPCities)

TYPCities will generate original research analysing how technology can be used to enable youth participation in the  governance of intermediary cities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The program will produce empirical insights and analytical findings about the role of various technologies in urban governance, based on multi-sited research within and across cities and countries.

The thematic areas for this call are:

  • Technology and youth participation – differentiating youth
  • Youth and urban governance – distinguishing policy domains
  • Urban governance and technological innovation – understanding contexts

The proposals are expected to have a minimum funding volume of CHF 400,000 and a maximum of CHF 1 million, for a duration of three years. The total available amount available for this call is CHF 5 million.

Learn more about this call for proposals by downloading the full TYPCities call document here.

Applications are now closed

Thank you for your interest in our research call. Applications to the TYPCities program have now closed. We will be communicating about the successful applications in due course. Sign up to our newsletter below to keep up to date.

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