Adam Michael Packer

adam michael packer

School of Geography & the Environment (2017 cohort)

I am a DPhil candidate in the Geography and the Environment department and at St. John’s College. My research explores discursive constructions of the ’smart citizen’ in smart cities through a sustained engagement with initiatives coordinated by the Oxford Strategic Partnership’s ‘Smart Oxford: A Learning City for the 22nd Century’ programme. Primarily, this seeks to explore what is it to ‘be’ a smart citizen and ways in which citizens can become ‘smart’ but will also contribute an in-depth comparable with other existing smart cities initiatives within the UK.

Prior to starting at Oxford, I completed the Masters of Research (MRes) Geography course at Queen Mary University of London and was awarded the highly competitive Simon & Deirdre Gaskell scholarship as well as the Walter Oldershaw award. I hold a first class BA in Geography at Queen Mary University of London with my dissertation on locative digital media app Grindr being awarded with the A.E. Smailes prize for best dissertation and nominated at the Space, Sexualities & Queer research group of the Royal Geography Society. I also received the Student Service and Contribution Award for making significant contributions to QMUL and the School of Geography throughout my studies.