My research interest is geared towards examining the formulation of problems and solutions within urban planning, particularly linked to 'smart city' initiatives.
Using problem formulations as the basis of analysis, this thesis seeks to explore both the solutions that are suggested through smart city initiatives, as well as the construed problems which these solutions are aimed at solving.
In short, through my dissertation I aim at understanding which ideal solutions are envisioned for cities through smart city initiatives, and ask: to what question is the smart city the answer?
Other research interests include climate transformations, feminism, the end of history/the function of temporality, neoliberalism, privatization of urban spaces, academic life.
Besides my research, I organize the OsloMet Urban Research Conference: www.storbykonferansen.no
I am also one of the editors, and the editorial secretary, of Nordic Journal of Urban Studies: https://www.idunn.no/njus
Fields of study
Wullf-Wathne, Marikken (2020). Alternatives in the academe: swimming with absurd flippers. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography .
Haarstad, Håvard; Wathne, Marikken Wullf (2018). Smart cities as strategic actors: Insights from EU Lighthouse projects in Stavanger, Stockholm and Nottingham. Karvonen, Andrew; Cugurullo, Fredrico; Caprotti, Fredrico (Ed.). Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation. Chapter 7. Routledge.
Haarstad, Håvard; Sareen, Siddharth; Wanvik, Tarje Iversen; Grandin, Jakob; Kjærås, Kristin Edith Abrahamsen; Oseland, Stina Ellevseth; Kvamsås, Hanna; Lillevold, Karin; Wathne, Marikken Wullf (2018). Transformative social science? Modes of engagement in climate and energy solutions. Energy Research & Social Science . Vol. 42.
Wullf-Wathne, Marikken; Haarstad, Håvard
Energisnakk: Gjør smarte byer oss bærekraftige? (Innoasis Science Talks bonusepisode).
Wullf-Wathne, Marikken; Haarstad, Håvard (2020). Innoasis Science Talks: Will smart cities make us sustainable?. Innoasis Science Forum. Nordic Edge,UiS Nettverk for smartby, Future Energy Hub.
Wullf-Wathne, Marikken (2019). Lost utopias: The lack of smart imaginaries and why it should concern you. OsloMet Urban Research Conference. Oslo Metropolitan University.
Wathne, Marikken Wullf (2019). Exploring alternatives: The smart city as an enabler of new imaginaries. Nordic Geographers Meeting 2019.
Haarstad, Håvard; Wathne, Marikken Wullf (2019). Teknologien endrer hverdagen: Smartere byer - smartere liv. Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Krokan, Arne; Schiefloe, Per Morten; Sand, Gunnar; Dyrhaug, Lars Thomas (Ed.). Det Nye Digitale Norge. Kapittel 2. p. 27-36.
Wathne, Marikken Wullf; Kjærås, Kristin Edith Abrahamsen (2018). Fra plast i hval til plasthval. NRK - www.nrk.no.
Wathne, Marikken Wullf (2018). The “smart” approach to urban governance.