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Call for Abstracts: Special Issue on ‘Smart, the New Sustainable?’

We are currently inviting abstracts for a special issue of the journal Sustainability, on the theme of ‘Smart, the New Sustainable? The Smart City and Its Implications for Sustainable Urbanism’. This special issue will be guest edited by three members of our Holland and UK teams: Martin de Jong, Simon Joss and Federico Caprotti. Original research articles …

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Linjun Xie Wins International ‘Green Talents’ Award

We’re proud to announce that Linjun Xie, a member of our China research team, was recently honoured with a prestigious ‘Green Talents’ award by the German Federal Ministry of Education & Research.  She was one of 25 winners, chosen from a pool of 602 applicants from around the world. Linjun was the only Chinese scholar …

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Workshop in Ningbo 11-12 December

If you’re interested in attending our ‘Smarter and/or Greener?’ workshop, at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, on 11-12 December (click here for a pdf with further details), please contact May Tan-Mullins. If you’d like to present at the workshop, please send an abstract (300-350 words), along with your contact details and a short biographical note …

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New Article: Urban Experimentation and Institutional Arrangements

We’re happy to annouce that our latest project publication, co-authored by members of our Netherlands, Germany and China teams, is now available on open access. Drawing on our fieldwork last year, it compares institutional arrangements for smart city experimentation in the cities of Amsterdam, Hamburg and Ningbo.   Authors: Rob Raven, Frans Sengers, Philipp Spaeth, …

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Two Reports Launched at Cardiff Workshop

We launched two new reports at last week’s workshop on Sustainable Smart and Eco-city development in Cardiff (see pdf of the programme). The first (in English) provides a summary of some key policy pointers, based on our research in eight European and Chinese cities.  It outlines some key policy directions (building the smart city), driving factors (who …

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Gdansk and Utrecht – Two September Presentations

Rob Cowley presented findings from our project last week at a workshop on ‘Spatial Smartness’, organised by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on ‘Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability’, at the University of Gdansk. The previous week, Frans Sengers gave a paper comparing the governance dimensions of smart city development in Holland, Germany and China, at …

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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 …

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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), …

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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 …

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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 …