Emmet Donaghey

Emmet Donaghey, (PhD Researcher)

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I am a PhD researcher under the supervision of Professor Mark Durkin, Professor Geoff Simmons and Professor Brendan Galbraith. My research explores how big data insight with social marketing facilitates ‘smart governance’ as a key characteristic of smart cities, driving citizens’ participation and involvement with other stakeholders to transition them to equitable, inclusive urban settlements.

My doctoral research project is titled: ‘From smart cities to inclusive urban communities – the role of big data & social marketing in creating equitable socio-economic change'

This research will be an exploratory study focusing on Belfast and Bristol, with the finished report being a comparative case study analysis. This will investigate how the interplay of big data, smart governance and social marketing tools can create value for all stakeholders at a local level. Viewed as a best practice example of a UK smart city, Bristol can offer an aspirational smart city such as Belfast valuable insight and knowledge into methods and tools they utilise to address socio-economic and urban challenges.

The role social marketing takes on is one of helping to inform an understanding of specific socio-economic issues using big data insights and helping policymakers to communicate them through governance platforms to create socio-economic literacy and informed citizenship. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions