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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 3285739
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action

Temporary Research Assistant


Global School - JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Research Assistant is seeking to understand the governance mechanisms cities are using to pursue smart cities.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


A lot of the smart city literature is framed in normative terms, describing how things "should" be. The temporary Research Assistant will create smart city profiles to give real world meaning to the term, and also to show the messiness of their conceptualization and implementation. There are some pretty strong critiques of smart cities for being anti-democratic. The Research Assistant is seeking to understand the governance mechanisms cities are using to pursue smart cities. The profiles will be used to teach my students about the complexities and nuances of actually constructing and carrying out smart city projects.
  • What type and size of cities are pursuing a smart cities framework? (Provide a sense of diversity)
  • Where are smart cities being developed (Retrofit vis--vis new build/greenfield development)
  • What sectors are the focus of smart city projects?
  • What are some of the important ethical challenges facing smart city projects?
  • What are the corresponding governance challenges?
  • Who are the players in smart city projects? (Who should the players be?)

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United States of America (Non-Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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