dr. Bas Baccarne

Senior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, UGent.

Bas Baccarne


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Digital Citizenship
Smart Cities
Urban Social Informatics
Urban New Media
Online Civic Engagement
Urban Innovation
Civic Entrepreneurship
Innovation Ecosystems
Urban Living Labs

Bas Baccarne is a researcher at imec-mict-UGent. His academic interests converge on the crossroads between urban challenges, (urban) living labs, civic technology and smart cities. His works focusses on the potential and development of new interfaces in the urban environment ​to solve wicked urban issues.

In September 2019, Bas finished his PhD on innovative ICT enabled interaction interfaces in the urban environment, titled: "collaborative and participatory challenges in urban innovation". This includes research on online civic engagement, digital citizenship, urban commons, innovation ecosystems and urban social informatics.

This interest goes back to his early academic years. Bas Baccarne graduated in 2012 as a Master in New Media & Society (Ghent University) with a thesis on crowdsourcing in Smart Cities. Intrigued by participatory design, urban innovation and (the shaping of) civic technology, and fueled by an internship at the City of Ghent e-strategy department, Bas became part of the living lab research team at imec-mict-UGent. Here, he worked as a user researcher for several SME and start-up cases, with an academic focus on the possibilities and limitations of user-centric innovation development ecosystems.

In 2013, Bas became research and teaching assistant for the New Media & Society learning path within the communication sciences department, supervised by prof. Lieven De Marez. This learning path focusses on social sciences research within a rapidly evolving media & ICT environment and methodological innovation within this domain. Today he is active as a post-doctoral researcher in several of these courses.