Special Issue "Sustainability of Smart City Solutions: Impacts on People, Planet and Prosperity"
A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
Interests: Smart sustainable cities; Urban indicators and frameworks; Evaluation and impact assessment; Smart urban transformation; Sustainable urban development; Decision support tools; Urban governance; Smart city strategies and roadmaps
Interests: innovation ecosystems, market-creating innovations, co-creation, co-innovation, future proof cities, cognitive built environment, urban intelligence, life cycle assessment, smart sustainable cities
Our cities and societies are facing massive challenges such as climate change, population growth, and social division. The question is: how we can turn these global challenges into opportunities that result in sustainable impacts for people, the planet, and businesses? Applied research and technology can offer the means to solve these challenges while creating sustainable growth opportunities for businesses and wellbeing for all people.
Smart city solutions have the potential to tackle cities’ environmental, social, and economic challenges through efficient, yet individualized, service provision. However, they are often criticized of being driven by technology companies’ own agendas while lacking proper attention to cities’ needs and environmental sustainability. Too often, the results are sub-optimal from a societal point of view. Many studies presenting smart city solutions are self-congratulatory, without a comprehensive assessment of the claimed benefits and potential negative impacts.
Improved energy efficiency is an example of typically claimed environmental benefits of smart energy solutions, but related studies rarely address the negative impacts caused by the production of ICT, sensors, solar panels, e-vehicles, etc., or electricity consumption due to the use of ICT.
On the other hand, the growth of technological development and new smart consumer technologies is exponential and shapes our society. Studies that carefully evaluate the potential impacts of new technological solutions on their users are more and more important, as the human mind cannot follow the pace of change, and decision-makers need scientific impact assessments to support wise decision making.
Moreover, new crosscutting approaches are increasingly needed, for instance, sector coupling for integrating actors across traditional infrastructure borders towards a system of systems thinking.
In order to address the present shortcomings, we invite research articles, conceptual papers, perspectives, case studies, and methodology papers that provide evidence of the (positive or negative) effects of smart city solutions. We welcome studies from a wide range of disciplines and particularly encourage submissions that approach the topic comprehensively and from multiple angles (e.g., the application of holistic methods such as system dynamics, life cycle assessment, evaluation frameworks and tools, multi-criteria decision analysis, etc.).
Mr. Aapo Huovila
Dr. Antti Ruuska
Prof. Dr. Kari Mäki
Manuscript Submission Information
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