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New book: Inside Smart Cities

Inside Smart Cities, a new book edited by our project colleague Federico Caprotti along with Andrew Karvonen and Federico Cugurullo, is out today, published by Routledge. The book uses 23 empirically detailed case studies to provide real-world evidence on how local authorities, small and medium enterprises, corporations, utility providers and civil society groups are implementing …

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AAG 2019 Session: Call for Papers

Our project colleagues Rob Raven and Philipp Spaeth are among the organisers of a session on smart urban experimentation for next year’s AAG meeting in Washington DC (April 3-7).  The session will explore the effects of such experiments on the ‘knowledge politics’ of urban decision-making. Those interested in taking part are invited to submit a …

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Future Cities Research Directions Workshop

We hosted a day-long workshop in Exeter yesterday, attended by invited researchers from a variety of universities, as well as representatives from Exeter City Futures and Future Cities Catapult. By bringing together practitioners and academics working on varied urban themes, we aimed to identify and discuss key emerging topics, in the hope of enabling future research …

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Is Urban Sustainability Going Out of Fashion?

        Simon Joss took part in a roundtable discussion at the AESOP Annual Congress in Gothenburg last week, exploring the rise of new urban development concepts and practices (smart cities, resilient cities, low carbon cities, etc), and where these leave the idea of sustainability.  The interesting questions posed by convenor Jonathan Metzger included …


New Report: Smart-Eco Cities in France

Our report on smart-eco urban development in France, compiled by Eric Jolivet and Anna Bond, is now available to download. It includes profiles of Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nice, and Toulouse with detailed descriptions of selected relevant activities taking place in each city. Please visit our publications page to find other project outputs, including reports on other countries.


Two New Project Publications

    We have a new journal article and a book to announce. The article, on the ‘Smart City as Anti-Planning in the UK’, was co-authored by Rob Cowley and Federico Caprotti, and was published online today in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. The book, on Eco-Development in China, was written by Ali Cheshmehzangi and his …


Future Cities: Three New Comment Pieces

Three of our team have contributed interrelated thought pieces on the future of our cities to the ‘Politics of an Urban Age’ collection in Palgrave Communications. Federico Caprotti proposes that human needs should be brought back to the centre of thinking and planning for the urban future.  You can read it here. Simon Joss argues for …


Low-carbon promises and realities: Lessons from three socio-technical experiments in Shanghai

A new journal article, drawing partly on our fieldwork in China last year, has just been published. It explores what has become of three planned low-carbon developments in the Shanghai region (Anting New Town, Dongtan Eco-City, and Hongqiao CBD’s low-carbon transportation hub). The authors of the article include our smart-eco project colleagues Frans Sengers, Linjun …

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What Can Urban Sustainability Experiments Do? (Our Side Event at the World Urban Forum)

  Many thanks to everybody who came to our session at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum (WUF9) last week in Kuala Lumpur. WUF has become a major biennial event – this year attracting 22,000 participants from around the world. In its own words, it is “recognised as the foremost global arena for interaction among policymakers, …

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Bordeaux Métropole Event

Our colleagues Eric Jolivet and Rob Cowley presented at a workshop on ‘Smart Cities: studies, rankings and perspectives’ organised by Bordeaux Métropole, as part of the city’s ongoing Semaine Digitale activities, on 1 February 2018. The panel also included Rushi Rama (Future Cities Catapult, UK), Rudolf Giffinger (Professor in the Dept. of Urban and Regional Research at …