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).

Special Issue Editors

Mr. Aapo Huovila
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Guest Editor
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland
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
Dr. Antti Ruuska
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland
Interests: innovation ecosystems, market-creating innovations, co-creation, co-innovation, future proof cities, cognitive built environment, urban intelligence, life cycle assessment, smart sustainable cities
Prof. Dr. Kari Mäki
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland
Interests: smart energy systems, renewable energy generation, sector coupling, society electrification, infrastructure planning, asset management, innovation ecosystems, smart energy strategies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Smart cities
  • Sustainability
  • Impact
  • Evaluation
  • Environment
  • Citizens

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Impact of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Discussions in Smart Cities: Comprehensive Assessment of Social Media Data
Smart Cities 2020, 3(1), 112-137; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3010007 (registering DOI) - 18 Mar 2020
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Discussions on “smart cities” are gaining in popularity in the past two decades and has shown potential in tackling the cities’ environmental, social, and economic challenges. Smart cities are known as a system of physical infrastructure, the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, [...] Read more.
Discussions on “smart cities” are gaining in popularity in the past two decades and has shown potential in tackling the cities’ environmental, social, and economic challenges. Smart cities are known as a system of physical infrastructure, the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, and the social infrastructure that exchange information that flows between its many different subsystems. The “smart cities” concept has been introduced with various dimensions, among those, the embedded ICT infrastructure in smart cities is playing a decisive role between the functions of the system. One of the important derivatives of ICT is the new communication mediums known as social network services (SNSs), which is emergent and introduces additional functionalities to “smart cities”. This paper seeks to advance the understanding of SNSs in smart cities to evaluate the effects on the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. This agenda has been tackled by a rigorous methodological approach in order to capture and evaluate the presence of entrepreneurially concerned discussions in a popular SNS intermediate (Twitter). Beyond the methodological contribution on handling big data in SNSs for gaining insights on innovation and entrepreneurial aspects in smart cities, the findings distinguished the influence of a certain category of content generators (professionals) that drive the biggest motives of the interactions in SNSs. Full article
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