News and Events

Conferences and workshops

Announcing UK-China Workshop in Cardiff

We’re pleased to announce that our project colleague Li Yu has organised a two-day international symposium on ‘Sustainable Smart Eco-City Planning and Development’ at Cardiff University (12-13 Oct 2017). There is an excellent list of speakers from both China and Europe, and several of our own project colleagues will be sharing findings from our SMART-ECO …

Conferences and workshops

Sharing Findings in Tianjin

Our colleagues Li Yu, Andrew Flynn and Linjun Xie took part in a workshop on Smart and Eco Cities at the Tianjin Urban Planning & Design Institute (TUPDI) on 6 September 2017. The workshop explored the planning and development of smart eco-city in Tianjin and China. Participants include Mr. Changlin Zhou (deputy dean of TUPDI), …

Conferences and workshops

Sponge City Seminar at the 5th ILCC in Shenzhen

Our team member Ali Cheshmehzangi presented at a special seminar on ‘Sponge Cities’ in Shenzhen International Low-Carbon City, held as part of the 5th annual International Low Carbon City (ILCC) forum, on 8 September 2017. He shared his insights into sponge city development in the UK and China, under the title “Resilient City Development: Comprehensive …

Publications

New Article on the British Smart City Standard

We’re proud to announce the publication of a new project article in the Journal of Urban Technology, co-authored by our team member Simon Joss.  It explores the way that citizenship is framed in the new ‘smart city standard’ devised by the British Standards Institution.  The article is available on open access. Abstract: Growing practice interest …

Conferences and workshops

Australia and China: July Conference Presentations

Our team members presented research at two major conferences in July: the Ecocity World Summit 2017, in Melbourne (Australia) the 2017 (12th) Conference on Urban Development and Planning, held in Haikou City, Hainan Province (China) In Melbourne, Frans Sengers presented a comparative analysis of institutional arrangements for smart city experiments in Amsterdam, Ningbo, and Hamburg (download …

Conferences and workshops

2017 Global Smart City Summit in Shanghai

Our team members Ali Cheshmehzangi and Frans Sengers recently presented at the main forum of the 2017 Global Smart City Summit in Shanghai, 28-30 June 2017. They spoke about our project, and presented a comparative study of the smart city experimentation of Amsterdam, Hamburg and Ningbo from an institutional perspective under the title “Comparing smart cities …

Conferences and workshops

Presentations & Talks: Summer 2017

Over the last couple of months, different team members have presented research findings at events in Hamburg, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Ningbo, and London (see our publications page for further details). If you are interested in our work, do come and find us at these upcoming events over July and August: Natural Resources and Urban Transformations Colloquium (Rurh-Universität in Bochum, Germany, …

Fieldwork

Critical Reader Visits to Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen & Ningbo

Some of our team members converged earlier this month in Shanghai, and then travelled on to Wuhan, visiting a series of key ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ sites in each city, and meeting key local actors.  These follow earlier visits to Shenzhen and Ningbo during the last project year. Among other things, the Shanghai visit included a seminar at the Pudong …

Videos

New Videos & YouTube Channel

We have published some short videos on our new YouTube channel, in which three of our colleagues discuss smart-eco urban development in Germany, China, and the Netherlands. You can visit and subscribe to the smart-eco cities YouTube channel here. Philipp Spaeth (Freiburg University)   May Tan-Mullins (University of Nottingham Ningbo)   Frans Sengers (Utrecht University)   …