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Tuur Driesser (Student Researcher)

Tuur Driesser

Research Interests: Smart Cities, Maps Cartography, Objects

Supervisors: Prof Celia Lury and Dr Emma Uprichard.

Research Topic

My research looks at mapping in the smart city. In particular, it considers how smart cities are thought and practised through maps. It engages with debates on cartography and explores how work from the ontological turn and related object-oriented literature can help us think differently about maps. Studying smart cities through maps, I am interested in questions around ontology and representation, the production of urban space, and the social and political implications of technology.


BA in Social Sciences (2011), Roosevelt Academy, the Netherlands.

MA in Critical and Creative Analysis (2012), Goldsmiths University


ESRC PhD-studentship: Mapping Political Space


Thinking the smart city through maps. Presented at Charting the digital: Discourse, disruption, design, detour. Venice, 8 October 2016

The urban in urban informatics: thinking with and against visualisations of the city. Presented at the Summer school of Cultural Im/materialities: Contagion, Affective Rhythms and Mobilization. Aarhus University, 27 June 2014.

Visualising the city in urban informatics. Presented at Power in a World of Becoming, Entanglement & Attachment, Authority and Political Technologies Conference. University of Warwick, 2 June 2014.

The urban in urban informatics: thinking with and against visualisations of the city. Presented at Time Travellers, Workshop on mapping space and time. University of Oxford, 27 May 2014.


Driesser, Tuur. 2018. “Maps as Objects.” In Time for Mapping: Cartographic Temporalities, by Sybille Lammes, Chris Perkins, Alex Gekker, Sam Hind, Clancy Wilmott, and Daniel Evans. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Driesser, Tuur. 2018. “Exemplifying.” In Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods, edited by Celia Lury, Rachel Fensham, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Sybille Lammes, Angela Last, Mike Michael, and Emma Uprichard, 296–300. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick

Email: t dot driesser at warwick dot ac dot uk