6 December 2016

SS24. Governing the Smart City

SS24. Governing the Smart City


A Socio-environmental Inquiry

Session organiser(s)

Federico Cugurullo, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: cugurulf@tcd.ie

Chiara Garau, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, Italy: cgarau@unica.it
Ginevra Balletto, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, Italy
Paola Zamperlin, Applied Geography Lab, Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Art & Performance Arts (SAGAS), University of Firenze, Italy
Smart-city initiatives are rapidly shaping the way urban and regional development is being understood and practiced across the world. Smart-city projects promote the implementation of a number of urban technologies as part of a broader urban trend towards big data, the Internet of Things and sensor networks. However, to date, it is unclear how such urban strategies impact on local environments and societies.
Focusing on urban governance, this session aims to expand the knowledge of the political machinery that is behind the conceptualisation, implementation and development of so-called smart cities. The objective of the session is twofold. We seek papers which critique the governance of current smart-city initiatives, but also studies that can help us reflect on how smart technologies can be used to better govern and develop cities.
More specifically, the session explores how different modes and tools of smart-city governance influence the following (and hitherto overlooked) socio-environmental aspects of smart-city initiatives as they impact on urban development and living:
  • Sustainability
  • Land use
  • Happiness
  • Education
  • Citizens’ behaviours
  • Technology acceptance
  • Urban economy
  • Smart devices/users relationships

Submission guidelines

Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 250 word abstract (text only) through the Regional Studies Association conference portal by Friday 24th February 2017. Proposals will be considered by the Conference Programme Committee against the criteria of originality, interest and subject balance.