Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About Dietmar

Offenhuber’s research focuses on the connection between digital technologies and urban governance, specifically related to issues of urban infrastructure and its representation. Offenhuber conducted research projects investigating formal and informal waste systems and has published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics.


How Citizen Attachment to Neighborhoods Helps to Improve Municipal Services and Public Spaces

  • Daniel O'Brien
  • Jessica Baldwin-Philippi
  • Melissa Sands
  • Eric Gordon

In the News

Dietmar Offenhuber quoted on protest signs by Steve Annear, "Professors Stash Rally Signs to Preserve a Piece of History" Boston Globe, January 23, 2017.
"Cartographic Ethics: Oceania, the Truncated Continent," Dietmar Offenhuber, Medium, June 13, 2016.
"Śmierć Smart City?," Dietmar Offenhuber, Respublica, November 30, 2015.
"A Dummy’s Guide to Mapping Daesh," Dietmar Offenhuber, Medium, November 25, 2015.
"The Most Geo-Tagged Place on Earth," Dietmar Offenhuber, Medium, November 8, 2015.
"Die Smart City ist tot," Dietmar Offenhuber, Wiener Zeitung, April 9, 2015.
"Big Data Und Die Folgen - Zwei Aufsatzsammlungen Nehmen Sich Des Themas Datenschutz an," Dietmar Offenhuber, Literaturkritik, February 4, 2014.


"Trash Track: Active Location Sensing for Evaluating E-waste Transportation" (with Malima I. Wolf and Carlo Ratti). Waste Management and Research 31, no. 2 (2013): 150-159.

Analyzes electronic waste reverse logistics systems using self-reporting location sensors.

"Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space" (with Katja Schechtner) (Springer, 2012).

Discusses the material aspects and implications for public space of urban data initiatives.


"Infrastructure Legibility: A Comparative Study of Open311 Citizen Feedback Systems" Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 8, no. 1 (2015): 93-112.

Examines how the design factors of Open311 citizen feedback systems shape the interaction between citizens and local governments.

"Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions" (with Katja Schechtner) (Ambra, 2013).

Focuses on the role of ICTs in social accountability initiatives, participatory sensing and investigative crowdsourcing.

"Putting Matter in Place" (with David Lee, Malima I. Wolf, Santi Phithakkitnukoon, Assaf Biderman, and Carlo Ratti). Journal of the American Planning Association 78, no. 2 (2012): 173-196.

Explains how transportation costs and emissions may diminish the value of recycling and that collection strategies deserve closer attention given the long distances over which they operate