Dietmar Offenhuber

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Cities & Regions

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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
  • Dietmar Offenhuber
  • Jessica Baldwin-Philippi
  • Melissa Sands



"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

"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.

"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.

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.


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.

In the News

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