Sustainable Smart Cities: Applying Complexity Science to Achieve Urban Sustainability

Ulysses Sengupta, Christopher N.H. Doll, Alexandros Gasparatos, Deljana Iossifova, Panagiotis Angeloudis, Murilo da Silva Baptista, Shidan Cheng, Daniel Graham, Robert Hyde, Roberto Kraenkel, Jun Luo, Nir Oren

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Abstract

Smart city approaches promise technology-based
opportunities to build sustainable urban futures.
However, it is unclear how current market-led
approaches can contribute to achieving relevant
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Applying
complexity science helps to develop smart city
policies for urban sustainability.
Policymakers at the national and city levels should:
• Develop an ethical framework for urban data
and new information and communication
technologies (ICTs).
• Beware of the limitations of new urban ICTs and
realise ICT-enabled opportunities alongside
existing initiatives.
• Ensure an “open data landscape” for cities and
adopt transnational standards for interoperability
with maximum stakeholders at all times.
• Appreciate the co-evolution of technology and
governance to create sustainability-focused, ICTenabling
landscapes and new models of multilevel
governance.
• Use new technologies to empower civil society
and engage the public in future decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherUnited Nations University Press
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameUNU-IAS Policy Brief series
No.12
ISSN (Print)2409-3017

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Sengupta, U., Doll, C. N. H., Gasparatos, A., Iossifova, D., Angeloudis, P., Baptista, M. D. S., Cheng, S., Graham, D., Hyde, R., Kraenkel, R., Luo, J., & Oren, N. (2017). Sustainable Smart Cities: Applying Complexity Science to Achieve Urban Sustainability. (UNU-IAS Policy Brief series; No. 12). United Nations University Press. https://ias.unu.edu/en/news/news/policy-brief-12.html