Dr. Corelia Baibarac-Duignan

Media en Performance Studies

Corelia Baibarac-Duignan is a researcher at the Department of Media and Culture Studies where she explores co-design methods and design interventions that can widen civic participation in smart city processes, focusing particularly on datafication issues. She is part of Michiel de Lange's team on the NWO project "Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities". Originally trained as an architect, Corelia has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in sustainable development (2014). Her doctoral thesis, entitled “An Urban Spacebook: Re-mapping the City with Mobility Practices and Experiences" (http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/79475) focused on digital platforms for enhancing civic participation in urban planning, using the lens of people’s everyday mobilities and participatory research with Dublin inhabitants and council planners. After her PhD, Corelia moved to London where she worked as an urban planner for a local council and later joined the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield as a Marie Curie Research Fellow on the EcoDA project; “Experimental co-Design Approaches: Investigating possibilities for creating networks of resilient citizens and civic actions of urban resilience through hybrid platforms". The postdoctoral project explored opportunities for scaling community-based resilience initiatives (e.g., urban agriculture, self-built and ecological practices, social entrepreneurship, civic and cultural activation) using digital tools. Co-designed with practitioners and local residents involved in initiatives in Paris, London and Bucharest, the tools were prototyped as a way of improving urban resilience in an open-source way. She has published papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals on co-design, locative media and community informatics, participated at various international conferences on mobilities, urban transitions and knowledge co-production, and organised two international symposia on sustainable development and open-source resilience.