Smart Cities: Issues and Challenges

Smart Cities: Issues and Challenges

Mapping Political, Social and Economic Risks and Threats

1st Edition - June 18, 2019

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  • Editors: Anna Visvizi, Miltiadis Lytras
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128166390
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128166482

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Smart Cities: Issues and Challenges: Mapping Political, Social and Economic Risks and Threats serves as a primer on smart cities, providing readers with no prior knowledge on smart cities with an understanding of the current smart cities debates. Gathering cutting-edge research and insights from academics, practitioners and policymakers around the globe, it identifies and discusses the nascent threats and challenges contemporary urban areas face, highlighting the drivers and ways of navigating these issues in an effective manner. Uniquely providing a blend of conceptual academic analysis with empirical insights, the book produces policy recommendations that boost urban sustainability and resilience.

Key Features

  • Combines conceptual academic approaches with empirically-driven insights and best practices
  • Offers new approaches and arguments from inter and multi-disciplinary perspectives
  • Provides foundational knowledge and comparative insight from global case-studies that enable critical reflection and operationalization
  • Generates policy recommendations that pave the way to debate and case-based planning


Researchers, graduate students, practitioners, and policy-makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Smart cities: emerging issues and challenges

    Part I: Safety and Security
    2. ICTs’-enhanced urban space monitoring & surveillance systems
    3. Public Safety Policies using Volunteered Geographic Information
    4. Managing Public Health in Smart Cities

    Part II: Managing public space: democracy, participation, decision-making
    5. Civic participation and social media
    6. Knowledge society technologies for Smart Cities development
    7. Bridging the virtual and the real in smart cities: smart cities’ tangible public space

    Part III: Well-being and social inclusion
    8. Challenges and limitation of smart cities’ (re)-design and applications
    9. Well-being and mental health
    10. Sustainable development in the Smart Cities ecosystem
    11. Politics of Support in Big IS Projects

    Part IV: Global contexts
    12. Smart cities diplomacy
    13. Smart city as a steering regional competitiveness and sustainable development
    14. Re-thinking the migration-smart city nexus
    15. involuntary Smart city migration re-considered

Product details

  • No. of pages: 372
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: June 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128166390
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128166482

About the Editors

Anna Visvizi

Anna Visvizi is an economist and political scientist, editor, and research and political consultant with extensive experience in academia, think tank and government sectors in Europe and the United States. Associate Professor at SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland, and Visiting Scholar at Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Professor Visvizi’s expertise covers issues pertinent to the intersection of politics, economics, and ICT. This translates in her research and advisory roles in the fields of AI and geopolitics, smart cities and smart villages, knowledge and innovation management, and technology diffusion, especially with regard to the EU and BRI.

Affiliations and Expertise

SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland and Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Miltiadis Lytras

Miltiadis Lytras is a Research Professor in Management Information Systems at The American College of Greece where he examines applying emerging technologies to complex systems. He is the author or editor of 42 books and more than 100 other publications, has served as Editor-in-Chief of 12 journals, and has an MBA and PhD in Economics and Business.

Affiliations and Expertise

The American College of Greece

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