Institutionalising smart city research and innovation: from fuzzy definitions to real-life experiments

Ralf Martin Soe*, Luiza Schuch de Azambuja, Kalle Toiskallio, Marko Nieminen, Michael Batty

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Abstract

By exploring and defining characteristics of a smart city research and innovation centre, we contribute to the discussion on smart city development capacity. To do so, using a qualitative method, we review definitions of the concept and map international groups and institutes affiliated with this domain. Our main result is an overview of global research centres dealing with smart cities. One of the key implications of this paper is that instead of a strict definition, the important aspect appears in the framing provided by the complex real-life challenges that require and enable cross-disciplinary research, even though the concept keeps evolving.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages43
JournalURBAN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • centres of excellence
  • experiments
  • multidisciplinary
  • smart city
  • urban research and innovation

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