Sarah Widmer

Scientific collaborator at the Professorship of Participatory Technology Design (MCTS) in Joint Appointment with the Faculty of Architecture

Sarah holds a MA in social sciences (Geography, Sociology, Anthropology) from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Since 2011, she is a PhD Candidate in political geography at the University of Neuchâtel where she also worked as a teaching assistant (2010-2015). Since 2016, she works at the MCTS as a scientific collaborator under the supervision of Prof. Ignacio Farías.

Research Priorities

  • Digital spatial media and smart technologies
  • Power and space in the age of big data


  • Grant for junior researchers (TriCycle), Donation fund from the University of Neuchâtel (2013)
  • Werner Günther Prize for an excellent MA average grade. Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, University of Neuchâtel (2008)


  • Member of the COST Action TU1306 “Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness” (CYBERPARKS) (Since 2014)
  • Member of the editorial board of Géoregards, Revue neuchâteloise de géographie (Since 2010)

Publications (Selection)

  • Widmer, S. (2015) “'Experiencing a personalised augmented reality: Users of Foursquare inurban space”, In: Amoore, L. & Piotukh, V (eds), Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data. London: Routledge.
  • Widmer, S., Pedrozo, S., Klauser, F. (2015), Editorial : Mobilités et gestion des flux à l’ère numérique. Géoregards, Revue neuchâteloise de géographie, 2014 (7), 5-15
  • Widmer, S. (2015), Navigations sur mesure ? Usages d’applications smartphone intelligentes en ville de New York. Géoregards, Revue neuchâteloise de géographie, 2014 (7), 55-71.
  • Widmer, S., Klauser, F. (2013), Mobilités surveillées : rôles et responsabilités des développeurs d’applications smartphone. Espace, Populations et Sociétés. 2012 (3), 63-77.