Our work in the United States of America focuses on two distinct areas: (i) smart(er) cities and (ii) direct democracy.

The work on smart(er) cities is developed around a “Smart(er) NYCitywide Research Group” with scholars from 11 universities and research institutes that André Corrêa d’Almeida created in 2015. The goal is to develop case studies aiming at examining how innovation from within the New York City (NYC) government is making urban systems smarter and shaping people’s lives. These case studies will be published by Columbia University Press in the spring of 2018 and aim at fostering innovation and dialogues between city governments, data/tech companies and civil society about the future of NYC and other cities in the U.S. and around the world.

Our work on direct democracy aims at learning from the U.S. long tradition on ballot measures – a mechanism that allows the legislative process to be more directly representative of, and overseen by, citizen’s interests and aspirations – in order extract constitutional lessons for younger democracies.