Urban Social-Ecological Systems 2019-10-11

Understanding Smart City-development from a resilience perspective

Cities are right now going through a boost and bust cycle of Information and Computer Technology, popularly known as Smart City (SC), which represents the latest buzzword in current debate on sustainable urban development.

This research project is carried out in collaboration with scholars at HIG Urban Studio at Gävle University, Sweden, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and seeks to shed new light on the pros and cons of the digitalization of cities.

An important research aspect is to improve understanding of how vulnerable a city may become by uncritically adopting SC as a new governance framework. Another study focus is to improve our understanding how the SC-framework may impact human cognition, pro-environmental behavior, and reconnecting city inhabitants to the biosphere.