Igor Calzada



Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, managed the European focussed knowledge exchange work for Urban Transformations.

He is a researcher on the Programme for the Future of Cities, working primarily on the European regional comparative dimension through two projects: the ‘REPLICATE: Renaissance of Places with Innovative Citizenship and Technology’ lighthouse research project funded by the European Commission H2020-Smart Cities and Communities (2016-2021).

He also holds a Lecturer position in Global Cities and Public Policy, Governance and Strategic Change in Cities on the MSc in Global Sustainable Cities at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK). Recently, he was awarded the 2016 Visiting Research Fellowship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (BCUS) and Political Science Department (POLI), where he will be organising scientific exchange activities.

Igor has expertise in social innovation, smart cities and city-regions. His main research interests are comparing social, technological, economic, democratic and political innovative processes in cities and regions by paying special attention to cases and issues of regional and metropolitan devolution. In particular, he is focused on investigating European City-Region and Smart City benchmarking case studies through the application of qualitative and action research methods.