Special Issue "Smart, the New Sustainable? The Smart City and Its Implications for Sustainable Urbanism"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Interests: urban development; eco cities; inclusive cities; smart cities; city branding; public policy; governance; policy transfer
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Interest in the smart city has grown rapidly across global regions—so much so that it has become a major paradigm of urban policy, planning, and development. In the academic literature, smart urbanism has surpassed (at least in volume) earlier prevailing concepts such as the eco city and the sustainable city (e.g., de Jong et al., 2015). Likewise, the policy literature has increasingly turned its attention to this rising phenomenon. For example, according to Moir et al. (2014: 4), “sustainability is no longer the main prism through which thinking about the future of cities takes place…‘Smart cities’ has become the most popular formulation for the future city, and is becoming a globally recognised term”.
While the academic literature has produced numerous contributions of both conceptual and critical analytical nature, what has been left relatively underinvestigated to-date is the relationship between sustainable and smart urbanism. It should certainly not be assumed that smart equates with sustainable in any straightforward manner. For example, under the banner of ecological modernization, smart urbanism may be seen as key to achieving greater resource efficiencies. However, this may come at the cost of a more explicit commitment to sustainability encompassing environmental, economic, social, and cultural concerns. The question arising is whether the recent discursive shift from the sustainable (or eco) city to the smart city is relatively superficial and inconsequential, or whether it harbours a more profound change in our conceptual understanding of urban planning and politics. Furthermore, what are the ramifications for practices on the ground? Does the adoption of the smart agenda change the way sustainable development is designed and implemented? Last but not least, how is the smart–sustainable interrelationship viewed across different geographies and cultures?
This Special Issue seeks to make an in-depth, critical contribution to this evolving debate by identifying and addressing salient questions about how we are to understand sustainable development in the age of smart urbanism. We welcome original research articles of both theoretical and empirical nature, and in particular contributions relating to any of the following perspectives, to be addressed within the context of the urban:
- conceptual perspectives: theories and histories interrogating the relationship between smart and sustainable;
- policy and governance perspectives: theoretical and empirical analyses of policy and governance processes, especially concerning the evolving interplay between smart and sustainable development agendas;
- individual and comparative case studies: examining various on-the-ground practices and their approaches to interrelating smart and sustainable within particular discourses and institutional and material settings.
Prof. Dr. Martin de Jong
Prof. Dr. Simon Joss
Dr. Federico Caprotti
Manuscript Submission Information
Deadline for preliminary abstract: 31 January 2018. Authors are advised to submit a preliminary abstract, in order to receive guidance on the suitability of their paper in the Special Issue.
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- smart city
- sustainable city
- eco city
- digital city
- smart urbanism
- conceptual explorations
- case studies
- good practices