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The concept of sustainability in smart city definitions

Toli, A; Murtagh, N; (2018) The concept of sustainability in smart city definitions. In: Scott, Lloyd and Gorse, Chris, (eds.) Proceedings of 4th International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society - SEEDS 2018. Dublin Institute of Technology: Dublin, Ireland. Green open access

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Abstract

Smart cities have emerged as a possible solution to sustainability problems stemming from rapid urbanization. They are considered imperative for a sustainable future. Despite their recent popularity, the literature reveals the lack of conceptual clarity around the term of smart city, due to the plethora of existing definitions. This comprehensive literature review has identified 31 smart city definitions recovered by non-technology focused literature. The definitions are assessed according to the dimensions of sustainability that they consider, environmental, economic or social, and the priority in which they accord the concept of sustainability. The study reveals that not all approaches to smart city incorporate the notion of sustainability in the same way. Additionally, themes emerge according to the dimensions these definitions consider as well as according to whether they derive from the industry or not. Some definitions offer a more balanced holistic view while others appear to be more focused on different smart city goals or variant ways to achieve them. The findings of this study contribute to knowledge and practice by aiding conceptual clarity and, in particular, by drawing attention to underlying assumptions about the role of sustainability in smart city development.sustainability in smart city development.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The concept of sustainability in smart city definitions
Event: 4th International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society - SEEDS 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/resear...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Lloyd Scott and Chris Gorse, Conference Proceedings from the Fourth International SEEDS Conference.
Keywords: Sustainable City, Smart City, Definition
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067365
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