sustainability-logo

Journal Browser

Journal Browser

Disruptive Technologies For Smart Cities’ Management

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2023) | Viewed by 4485

Special Issue Editors


E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Management, University of Turin, 10134 Turin, Italy
Interests: accounting; technologies; smart cities; accountability
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Management, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
Interests: intellectual capital; knowledge management; strategy; new technologies; healthcare
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: accounting; technologies; smart cities; accountability
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities will be revolutionized by new “smart” technologies enabling the transparent and efficient provision of government services, sustainability, and new administration methods (Sousa et al., 2022). Of particular interest are sensors, blockchains and big data processing, which have been made possible through artificial intelligence (AI) and have the potential to create tailor-made services for citizens (Allam and Dhunny, 2019; Secinaro et al. 2021a). This necessitates hybrid skills and integration, governance policies and transparency in the use of information (Secinaro et al., 2021b). The literature has demonstrated interesting initial results in increasing public energy sustainability (Chui et al., 2018), public safety (Srivastava et al., 2017), transport usability (Agarwal et al., 2015), air quality (Schürholz et al., 2020) and innovative dialogic approaches (Grossi et al., 2021).  Utilizing new technologies for smart cities’ management, such as artificial intelligence, big data and blockchains, is one of the main focuses of European and Italian recovery plans. This Special Issue aims to provide theoretical contributions, conceptual frameworks, measurement approaches and empirical evidence addressing research questions including (but not limited to):

  • How can artificial intelligence transform cities into smart cities?
  • How can technology increase the dialogic dimensions of cities and smart cities?
  • What governance changes are required for the management of new technologies in smart cities?
  • How can disruptive technologies foster city recovery?

References

Allam, Z., & Dhunny, Z. A. (2019). On big data, artificial intelligence and smart cities. Cities, 89, 80-91.

Agarwal, P. K., Gurjar, J., Agarwal, A. K., & Birla, R. (2015). Application of artificial intelligence for the development of intelligent transport system in smart cities. International Journal of Transportation Engineering and Traffic System, 1(2), 20-30.

Chui, K. T., Lytras, M. D., & Visvizi, A. (2018). Energy sustainability in smart cities: Artificial intelligence, smart monitoring, and optimization of energy consumption. Energies, 11(11), 2869.

Grossi, G., Biancone, P. P., Secinaro, S., & Brescia, V. (2021). Dialogic accounting through popular reporting and digital platforms. Meditari Accountancy Research.

Schürholz, D., Kubler, S., & Zaslavsky, A. (2020). Artificial intelligence-enabled context-aware air quality prediction for smart cities. Journal of Cleaner Production, 271, 121941.

Secinaro, S., Dal Mas, F., Brescia, V., & Calandra, D. (2021a). Blockchain in the accounting, auditing and accountability fields: a bibliometric and coding analysis. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.

Secinaro, S., Brescia, V., Calandra, D., & Biancone, P. (2021b). Towards a hybrid model for the management of smart city initiatives. Cities, 116, 103278.

Sousa M.J., Dal Mas F., Osório de Barros G., Tavares N. (2022) Artificial Intelligence: Technologies, Applications, and Policy Perspectives. Insights from Portugal. In: Jeyanthi P.M., Choudhury T., Hack-Polay D., Singh T.P., Abujar S. (eds) Decision Intelligence Analytics and the Implementation of Strategic Business Management. EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing. Springer, Cham.

Srivastava, S., Bisht, A., & Narayan, N. (2017). Safety and security in smart cities using artificial intelligence—A review. In 2017 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing, Data Science & Engineering-Confluence (pp. 130-133). IEEE.

Prof. Dr. Silvana Secinaro
Dr. Francesca Dal Mas
Dr. Maria José Sousa
Dr. Davide Calandra
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • smart cities
  • accountability
  • blockchain
  • artificial Intelligence
  • dialogic accounting
  • sustainability

Published Papers (2 papers)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

Jump to: Review

26 pages, 1945 KiB  
Article
Developing and Testing a General Framework for Conducting Transdisciplinary Research
by Anosh Nadeem Butt and Branka Dimitrijević
Sustainability 2023, 15(5), 4596; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15054596 - 4 Mar 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 2100
Abstract
Complex societal problems cannot be resolved without transdisciplinary research (TDR). Currently, there is no focused communication platform or commonly shared research framework for conducting TDR. The current study is a continuation of the exploration of collaborations in multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and TDR to identify [...] Read more.
Complex societal problems cannot be resolved without transdisciplinary research (TDR). Currently, there is no focused communication platform or commonly shared research framework for conducting TDR. The current study is a continuation of the exploration of collaborations in multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and TDR to identify ideas that could contribute to developing and testing a general framework for conducting TDR. The systematic literature review in this study discovered three main themes (TDR initiation, TDR management, and transdisciplinary knowledge exchange). These themes formed three phases of a general framework for conducting TDR. The novelty of the presented phased general framework for conducting TDR relates to the type of learning and outputs that are required at the end of each related action of all associated stages of the three phases to enable all participants to participate in TDR. The logical sequence of these actions and associated stages and phases were verified through a survey of academics and industry professionals internationally. The findings evidenced that improved communication between academics and industry professionals can respond to complex societal problems such as sustainable development, global environmental change, and environmental crises. The findings of the current research will enable the development of a transdisciplinary collaboration framework (TCF) for the nature-based design (NBD) of sustainable buildings aligned with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disruptive Technologies For Smart Cities’ Management)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Review

Jump to: Research

36 pages, 2927 KiB  
Review
Blockchain Opportunities for Water Resources Management: A Comprehensive Review
by Talat Kemal Satilmisoglu, Yusuf Sermet, Musa Kurt and Ibrahim Demir
Sustainability 2024, 16(6), 2403; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16062403 - 14 Mar 2024
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1455
Abstract
Blockchain technology has been used for the digitalization of physical asset management and data management processes in many areas in the industry and academia, including the water domain. Its potential as an immutable data storage system and smart contract integration has provided a [...] Read more.
Blockchain technology has been used for the digitalization of physical asset management and data management processes in many areas in the industry and academia, including the water domain. Its potential as an immutable data storage system and smart contract integration has provided a plethora of use cases and utility in the domain of hydrology and water resources. This systematic review critically examines the application of blockchain technology in the field of water resources and hydrology. By analyzing 104 academic publications and 37 non-academic studies from 2017 to 15 October 2022, this paper identifies the current state of blockchain applications in water management, delineates their potential use cases, and assesses their practical utility and scalability. Despite the theoretical promise of blockchain for enhancing water governance, data security, and stakeholder trust, the review reveals a noticeable gap between theoretical potential and the existence of workable, real-time applications specifically in water resources management. The findings indicate that while blockchain technology has been effectively implemented in various sectors, its adoption in hydrological domain is still emerging, with limited empirical evidence to support full-scale deployment. The paper concludes with a call for more empirical research to validate theoretical benefits, address scalability and interoperability challenges, and integrate blockchain technology with real-time data networks for sustainable water management practices. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disruptive Technologies For Smart Cities’ Management)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop