- Offers an integrated assessment of smart cities using a combination of statistical analysis and real-world case study narrations - Compares smart city interventions from the 135 cities that participated in the Smarter Cities Challenge with detailed case study narrations included for 17 cities - Demonstrates the ways in which geography, size, governance, and local planning context-each individually and in combination with each other-influence smart city development around the globe - Develops an urban research perspective to the smart city discourse otherwise dominated by digital and IT specialists, engineers, and business experts - Identifies the North-South divide as the most influential factor explaining how smart urbanism is framed worldwide and argues that the future of smart city development depends on how "smart" approaches the ongoing and increasing level of inequity and inequality not only within our cities but also at the transregional and transnational levels
1. Global Trends of Smart Cities 2. Does Geography Matter in Smart Cities? 3. Does Size Matter in Smart Cities? 4. Does Government Matter in Smart Cities? 5. Does Planning Matter in Smart Cities? 6. An Integrated Assessment of Smart Cities
Tooran Alizadeh is an Associate Professor of Urbanism and Telecommunication Planning at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. In her research, she has investigated the socio-spatial patterns of telecommunication infrastructure deployment in Australia and beyond; if and how the advanced infrastructure is accounted for in the strategic plans for the future of our cities; and finally the extent to which smart city initiatives respond to the strategic challenges of each city and its citizens. Her work has resulted in over 80 refereed publications and made meaningful contribution to the public discourse around the urban and equity implications of the National Broadband Network in Australia. Tooran is a recipient of the prestigious Research Accelerator Fellowship (SOAR) at the University of Sydney (2019 and 2020). As part of her SOAR Fellowship, she examines the global trends of smart cities - with a specific focus on the Global South.