1st Edition

Sustainable Smart City Transitions Theoretical Foundations, Sociotechnical Assemblage and Governance Mechanisms

    322 Pages
    by Routledge

    322 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book enhances the reader’s understanding of the theoretical foundations, sociotechnical assemblage, and governance mechanisms of sustainable smart city transitions.

    Drawing on empirical evidence stemming from existing smart city research, the book begins by advancing a theory of sustainable smart city transitions, which forms bridges between smart city development studies and some of the key assumptions underpinning transition management and system innovation research, human geography, spatial planning, and critical urban scholarship. This interdisciplinary theoretical formulation details how smart city transitions unfold and how they should be conceptualized and enacted in order to be assembled as sustainable developments. The proposed theory of sustainable smart city transitions is then enriched by the findings of investigations into the planning and implementation of smart city transition strategies and projects.

    Focusing on different empirical settings, change dimensions, and analytical elements, the attention moves from the sociotechnical requirements of citywide transition pathways to the development of sector-specific smart city projects and technological innovations, in particular in the fields of urban mobility and urban governance.

    This book represents a relevant reference work for academic and practitioner audiences, policy makers, and representative of smart city industries.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Urban Technology.

    Introduction – Assembling Sustainable Smart City Transitions: An Interdisciplinary Theoretical Perspective

    Luca Mora, Mark Deakin, Xiaoling Zhang, Michael Batty, Martin de Jong, Paolo Santi, and Francesco Paolo Appio

    1. Mapping the Knowledge Domain of Smart City Development to Urban Sustainability: A Scientometric Study

    Zezhou Wu, Mingyang Jiang, Heng Li, and Xiaoling Zhang

    2. From “Smart in the Box” to “Smart in the City”: Rethinking the Socially Sustainable Smart City in Context

    Alessandro Aurigi and Nancy Odendaa

    3. Input- Output Modeling for Smart City Development

    Negar Noori, Martin de Jong, Marijn Janssen, Daan Schraven, and Thomas Hoppe

    4. Digital Transformation of City Ecosystems: Platforms Shaping Engagement and Externalities across Vertical Markets

    Nicos Komninos, Christina Kakderi, Antonio Collado, Ilektra Papadaki, and Anastasia Panori

    5. Strategic Planning for Smart City Development: Assessing Spatial Inequalities in the Basic Service Provision of Metropolitan Cities

    Mengbing Du, Xiaoling Zhang, and Luca Mora

    6. How Are Smart City Concepts and Technologies Perceived and Utilized? A Systematic Geo- Twitter Analysis of Smart Cities in Australia

    Tan Yigitcanlar, Nayomi Kankanamge, and Karen Vella

    7. Exploring Smart City Project Implementation Risks in the Cities of Kakinada and Kanpur

    Khushboo Gupta and Ralph P. Hall

    8. Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Sustainable Urban Innovation: An Ambidexterity Perspective toward Smart Cities

    Daniel van den Buuse, Willem van Winden, and Wieke Schrama

    9. Quantifying the Spatio- Temporal Potential of Drive- by Sensing in Smart Cities

    Amin Anjomshoaa, Paolo Santi, Fabio Duarte, and Carlo Ratti

    10. Understanding Ridesourcing Mobility and the Future of Electrification: A Comparative Study in Beijing

    Wei Tu, Paolo Santi, Xiaoyi He, Tianhong Zhao, Xianglong Liu, Qingquan Li, Timothy J. Wallington, Gregory A. Keoleian, and Carlo Ratti

    11. The Price of Privacy Control in Mobility Sharing

    Francesca Martelli, M. Elena Renda, and Jinhua Zhao

    12. Building City Dashboards for Different Types of Users

    Gareth W. Young, Rob Kitchin, and Jeneen Naji

    13. Going Beyond the Smart City? Implementing Technopolitical Platforms for Urban Democracy in Madrid and Barcelona

    Adrian Smith and Pedro Prieto Martín


    Luca Mora is Professor of Urban Innovation at The Business School of Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK, and at the Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies of Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia.

    Mark Deakin is Professor of Built Environment at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment of Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.

    Xiaoling Zhang is Professor in the Department of Public Policy of City University of Hong Kong, China.

    Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London, where he chairs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).

    Martin de Jong is Professor at Erasmus School of Law and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

    Paolo Santi is Principal Research Scientist at Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, and Research Director of the Institute of Informatics and Telematics, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy.

    Francesco Paolo Appio is Associate Professor of Innovation at SKEMA Business School, France.