Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation

Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation

Case Studies, Current Trends, and Future Steps

1st Edition - September 21, 2020

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  • Editors: Hyung Min Kim, Soheil Sabri, Anthony Kent
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128188866
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128188873

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Smart Cities for Technological and Social Innovation establishes a key theoretical framework to understand the implementation and development of smart cities as innovation drivers, in terms of lasting impacts on productivity, livability and sustainability of specific initiatives. This framework is based on empirical analysis of 12 case studies, including pioneer projects from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and more. It explores how successful smart cities initiatives nurture both technological and social innovation using a combination of regulatory governance and private agency. Typologies of smart city-making approaches are explored in depth. Integrative analysis identifies key success factors in establishing innovation relating to the effectiveness of social systems, institutional thickness, governance, the role of human capital, and streamlining funding of urban development projects.

Key Features

  • Cases from a range of geographies, scales, social and economic contexts
  • Explores how smart cities can promote technological and social innovation in terms of direct impacts on livability, productivity and sustainability
  • Establishes an integrative framework based on empirical evidence to develop more innovative smart city initiatives
  • Investigates the role of governments in coordinating, fostering and guiding innovations resulting from smart city developments
  • Interrogates the policies and governance structures which have been effective in supporting the development and deployment of smart cities


Researchers and professionals involved in urban planning, smart city development, city operations etc. Local and state decision makers, universities. Broadly, urban planners and urban researchers like: architectural engineers, computer scientists, government policy makers, private and public technology companies. Policy makers, city managers, and urban planners; graduate students, upper level undergraduates and researchers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: being smarter for productivity, livability and sustainability
    2. Fundamentals of smart cities: Governance, innovations and cities
    3. Smart city in Singapore: How Environmental and Geospatial Innovation lead to urban livability and environmental sustainability cities
    5. Japanese Smart Cities
    6. ‘Being First Comes Naturally’: The Smart City and Progressive Urbanism in Australia
    7. Understanding the Stakeholders’ Perceptions in Smart Cities: The Experience of Using Q Methodology for Smart Gusu Project, China
    8. Stimulating Innovation for Smart Cities in Hong Kong
    9. Urban form, the use of ICT and informal smart cities in Vietnam
    10. Smart urban development strategies in Africa? An analysis of multiple rationalities for Accra’s City Extension Project
    11. Smart Dubai IoT Strategy: Aspiration to promoting happiness for residents and visitors through a continuous commitment to innovation
    12. Governing security by coding: a case of "smartness" in the Chilean context
    13. Smart City Technologies in the USA: Smart Grid and Transportation Initiatives in Columbus, Ohio
    14. Building the Future City of Glasgow: An evolutionary perspective
    15. Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities: Where We Are
    16. Evaluating recent trends: Diversified development paths of smart cities
    17. Conclusion: steps for future smart cities

Product details

  • No. of pages: 332
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: September 21, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128188866
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128188873

About the Editors

Hyung Min Kim

Kim’s teaching and research activities focus on economic and spatial dynamics of cities in the Asia-Pacific region. His research projects have investigated urban implications of global activities such as Foreign Direct Investment, knowledge workers, international students and international real estate investment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia

Soheil Sabri

Sabri has research interests in application of geospatial technology in smart urban planning. He has more than 13 years of experience in consultancy and research in urban and regional planning with a current research focus on spatial enablement of governments and industries for smart urban planning.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow in Urban Analytics, University of Melbourne, Australia

Anthony Kent

Anthony Kent is an economic geographer who teaches urban and environmental economics. He is a long-term Board Member of Urban Policy and Research and is immediate past Secretary of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (Australia). His research interests include industrial clusters, labour markets and regional economies. He has also worked as a consultant on tertiary education capacity building in Indonesia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer and Researcher, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

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