Research interests

Sebastian’s research has revolved around the question what existing and emergent social practices in urban planning indicate institutional and technical reforms suitable to new forms of participation? In a number of urban planning cases, he studied the practices of participation for actors including planners, technologists, and citizen groups. For him, sources of inspiration of the nature of ‘new forms of interaction’ comes from online mass collaboration on Wikipedia or the fast development of accurate street maps in the aftermath of the Haiti crises. By focusing on new forms of participation, Sebastian’s research has often dealt with issues of control and ownership over data created in the act of participating for which he called for more attention to localising information control and access. Last but not least, Sebastian is a pragmatist.


Selected publications

S Weise, P Coulton, M Chiasson. 2017. Designing in between local government and the public – using institutional analysis in interventions on civic infrastructures. In Journal of CSCW. In Press.

L Salinas, S Weise, S Pollastri. 2014. Transforming the planning process — challenges for the service designer. In Proceedings of Serv.Des’14

Büscher, M., Weise, S., Perng, S.-Y., Peripheral Cooperation in Crises: Norway 22/7/11. 2014. In i-com journal

S Weise, J Hardy, P Agarwal, P Coulton, A Friday, and Mike Chiasson. 2012. Democratizing Ubiquitous Computing — a Right for Locality. In Proceedings of Ubicomp’12 [link]

S Weise, J Hardy, P Agarwal, P Coulton, A Friday, and Mike Chiasson. 2012. The case of urban development: Fostering off-line interactions through local ubicomp systems. In Adjunct proceedings of Ubicomp’12 [link]

Sebastian Weise