Carey Doberstein

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Agencies and arms-length bodies in Canada
Public servant behavior in Canada
How citizens engage with government as part of local consultations and public engagement
Homelessness (politics, governance, policy)
Local government or governance

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Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.

Networked technopolitics within the smart city: urban social movements, public policy, and surveillance capitalism from Barcelona to Toronto (2021)

The rise of modernity has been the history of urbanization, stoked by the trade of global capitalthrough worldwide financial networks. This course has led to the city's primacy as an economic,cultural, and political fixture within an interconnected world order. With the advancement ofinformation and communication technologies, we are now undergoing a radical shift in how weimagine cities from the ground up, creating an urban setting that reflects new technical systems,political arrangements, and economic priorities. Central players in this new smart city are urbansocial movements, firms specializing in surveillance, and urban regimes, negotiating rights,privileges, and expectations within an emerging network society. This thesis investigatesprecisely how urban social movements shape public policy and the development of the smartcity. This research covers the outcomes of technopolitical practices employed by networkedactors across physical and virtual terrains, contesting the balance of power between residents,firms, and public institutions. The following analysis utilizes a qualitative method with a casestudy approach, examining the public policy process in Barcelona, Spain, and Toronto, Canada.Included are examinations of literatures, original documents, and public statements by relevantparticipants in the struggle for dignity, respect, and voice. Conclusions from this inquiry paint ahopeful picture. In the race to dominate public purchase of technological infrastructure, firmshave motivated urban citizens to mobilize resources through the same information andcommunications technologies deployed, resulting in new data governance and procurementprocesses that craft an innovative revision of the smart city. Whether through co-production ofpublic policy using open-source software or centering privacy as a non-negotiable condition of business, the findings demonstrate a normative change occurring in contemporary urbandevelopment.

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