Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Tim Tompson

In becoming a smarter city: Pragmatist experiments in Sydney's transport information systems

Sydney transport is the subject of Tim Tompson’s research, under the supervision of Associate Professor Matthias Haeusler and Professor Susan Thompson.

Tompson is focusing on the gap between how people talk about smart cities and what actually happens – aiming to tell a different narrative about the emergence of these systems, which are a combination of many actions that cannot be predicted in advance. This view understands cities as complex emergent systems, and the findings help explain the way of thinking necessary for practitioners to understand this context and make useful action towards their objectives.