My research interest is geared towards examining visions of ideal urban futures held by various actors involved in urban planning, particularly linked to "smart city" initiatives. By applying “utopia as method”, my research examines expressions of ideal future cities, and critically engage with what these reveal about perspectives on both future and contemporary urban spaces.
Other research interests include climate and energy transformations, feminism, the end of history/the function of temporality, neoliberalism, privatization, projectification, academic life.
Besides my research, I organize the OsloMet Urban Research Conference
WULLF-WATHNE, M. 2020. Alternatives in the academe: swimming with absurd flippers. Gender, Place & Culture.
WATHNE, M. W. & HAARSTAD, H. 2020. The smart city as mobile policy: Insights on contemporary urbanism. Geoforum.
HAARSTAD, H. & WATHNE, M. W. 2019. Are smart city projects catalyzing urban energy sustainability? Energy Policy.
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.