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Dr Miguel Valdez

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Professional biography

Miguel Valdez began his career as a software engineer, went on to become a technology journalist, and is currently working as a Lecturer in Technology Management and Innovation in the school of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University.

Research interests

Miguel's doctoral research applied the Strategic Niche Management framework to study sustainable transport pilots in Milton Keynes, with a particular focus on the sensemaking activities that took place in organizations considering the adoption of electric vehicles under the Plugged-in Places programme. He further developed this understanding of cities as experimental spaces within the transport work package of MK:Smart, a £16 million smart city programme.

Through his research, Miguel has developed an interest in the ways in which different actors make sense of innovative technologies and develop competing narratives about the future of their city. His research has drawn insights from urban geography and innovation studies to interrogate how the experimental spaces in cities may facilitate the development of new knowledges about sustainable innovation, and on how such knowledges coalesce and travel. This research has been based on the qualitative study of policy and trade literature and on interviews and participant observation involving citizens, lead users, industrial actors and policymakers in local and national government. 

Publications

The imagined electric vehicle user: Insights from pioneering and prospective buyers in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (2019-06-30)
Valdez, A.; Potter, S. and Cook, M.
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 71 (pp. 85-95)


Roadmaps to Utopia: Tales of the Smart City (2018-11-01)
Valdez Juarez, Alan; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
Urban Studies, 55(15) (pp. 3385-3403)


Exploring participatory visions of smart transport in Milton Keynes (2018-06-30)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel; Cook, Matthew; Potter, Stephen and Langendahl, Per-Anders
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 171(4) (pp. 204-210)


Prototyping sustainable mobility practices: user-generated data in the smart city (2018)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel; Cook, Matthew; Langendahl, Per-Anders; Roby, Helen and Potter, Stephen
Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 30(2) (pp. 144-157)


Autonomous vehicles and the urban mobility ecosystem (2019-10-21)
Potter, Stephen; Valdez, Alan-Miguel and Cook, Matthew
In: Nuttall, William J; Gibson, David V; Trzmielak, Dariusz and Ibarra-Yunez, Alejandro eds. Energy and Mobility in Smart Cities (pp. 83-97)
ISBN : 9780727764256 | Publisher : ICE Publishing


Exploring the epistemic politics of urban niche experiments (2019)
Cook, Matthew; Horne, Ralph; Potter, Stephen and Valdez, Alan-Miguel
In: Jensen, Jens Stissing; Cashmore, Matthew and Späth, Philipp eds. The Politics of Urban Sustainability Transitions: Knowledge, Power and Governance. (pp. 125-147)
ISBN : 978-1-138-47965-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon


Engaging with the Smart City Through Urban Data Games (2017-01-01)
Wolff, Annika; Valdez Juarez, Alan; Barker, Matthew; Potter, Stephen; Gooch, Daniel; Giles, Emilie and Miles, John
In: Nijholt, Anton ed. Playable Cities: The City as a Digital Playground. Gaming Media and Social Effects (1) (pp. 47-66)
Publisher : Springer


Technocentric Neoliberalism and Okness - The Shaping of the City (2017)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel and Valdez, Ruben
In: Chiavi, Elena; Girao, Matilde; Garrido I Arnaiz, Pablo; Moura Veiga, Francisco; Ramos Ordonez, Francisco and Valdez, Ruben eds. On Relations in Architecture (pp. 167-169)
ISBN : 9783038600374 | Publisher : Park Books


Shifting Smart City travel information systems to the Smart Region (2017-01-04)
Potter, Stephen and Valdez Juarez, Alan
In : Universities Transport Study Group Annual Conference (4-6 Jan 2017, Dublin)


Governance in niche development for a transition to a new mobility regime (2015-08-17)
Potter, Stephen; Valdez, Alan; Cook, Matthew and Langendahl, Per-Anders
In : International Sustainability Conference 2015 (25-28 Aug 2015, University of Sussex)


Big data without Big Brother: emerging issues in smart transport in Milton Keynes (2014-12-03)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel and Potter, Stephen
In : Digital Economy All-Hands Conference 2014 (3-5 Dec 2014, Imperial College, London)


Urban sensing systems for behaviour change: emerging issues in a smart transport project in Milton Keynes (2014-09-29)
Valdez, Alan-Miguel
In : ISM-Open Conference 2014 ‘Broadening the Scope' (29 Sep 2014, OUBS, Milton Keynes) (pp. 71-72)