Untangling Smart Cities: From Utopian Dreams to Innovation Systems for a Technology-Enabled Urban Sustainability helps all key stakeholders understand the complex and often conflicting nature of smart city research, offering valuable insights for designing and implementing strategies to improve the smart city decision-making processes. The book drives the reader to a better theoretical and practical comprehension of smart city development, beginning with a thorough and systematic analysis of the research literature published to date. It addition, it provides an in-depth understanding of the entire smart city knowledge domain, revealing a deeply rooted division in its cognitive-epistemological structure as identified by bibliometric insights.
Users will find a book that fills the knowledge gap between theory and practice using case study research and empirical evidence drawn from cities considered leaders in innovative smart city practices.
- Provides clarity on smart city concepts and strategies
- Presents a systematic literature analysis on the state-of-the-art of smart cities' research using bibliometrics combined with practical applications
- Offers a comprehensive and systematic analysis of smart cities research produced during its first three decades
- Generates a strong connection between theory and practice by providing the scientific knowledge necessary to approach the complex nature of smart cities
- Documents five main development pathways for smart cities development, serving the needs of city managers and policymakers with concrete advice and guidance
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1. Moving beyond the smart city utopia 2. Smart city development as an ICT-driven approach to urban sustainability 3. The first two decades of research on smart city development 4. Revealing the main development paths of smart cities 5. Smart city development in Europe 6. Smart city development in North America 7. The social shaping of smart cities
Luca Mora is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Smart Cities at Edinburgh Napier University. Luca's research includes ICT-driven urban development, urban and regional innovation, and smart cities innovation and strategic planning. He is the Principal Investigator for the Roadmap for European Smart City research project.
Mark Deakin is Professor of Built Environment in the School of Engineering and Head of the Centre for Smart Cities at Edinburgh Napier University. He's directed Smart Cities and urban sustainable development research projects for the European Commission and UK, is the author of 12 books on Smart Cities, Sustainable Urban Development, and Urban Technology Management, editor of seven special journal issues on smart and sustainable community management and development, is an expert advisor to the European Investment Bank on smart and sustainable city development, and an Editorial Board Member of six academic journals, including Elsevier's Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society.