Global Trends of Smart Cities

Global Trends of Smart Cities

A Comparative Analysis of Geography, City Size, Governance, and Urban Planning

1st Edition - March 31, 2021

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  • Author: Tooran Alizadeh
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128198872
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128198865

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Global Trends of Smart Cities provides integrated analysis of 135 cities that participated in the IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge in 2010–2017. It establishes evidence-based benchmarking of city geographies, city sizes, governance structures, and local planning contexts in smart cities. This book uses a combination of descriptive statistical analysis and real-world case study narratives to evaluate the ways in which each individual urban variable or their combination matter in the diversity of smart city approaches around the globe. It is acknowledged that the Smarter Cities Challenge offers a particular set of smart initiatives and is not representative of all smart cities around the world. Nevertheless, the global presence of the Challenge across five continents and its involvement with 135 cities of all size and socioeconomic status provides a solid foundation to conduct comparative research on smart cities. Considering limited comparative research available in the smart city debate, this book makes significant contribution in understanding the state of smart city development in urban governments worldwide.

Key Features

  • 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


Early career researchers and graduate students from smart cities, urban research, urban planning, geography, transport, and economics interested in smart city design; policymakers, public administrators, practitioners

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 198
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: March 31, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128198872
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128198865

About the Author

Tooran Alizadeh

Tooran Alizadeh
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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Urbanism and Telecommunication Planning, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Australia

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