Areas of Research

Our research group perceives a smart city as an urban locality functioning as a healthy system of systems with sustainable and balanced practices of economic, societal, environmental and governance activities aided by appropriate technology for generating desired outcomes and futures for all humans and the planet. Subsequently, our research focuses on all of the central dimensions—i.e., economy, society, environment, governance, and technology—of smart cities.

Economy Dimension of Smart Cities

Our research concerning the economy dimension of smart cities focuses on knowledge-based urban development that generates productivity and innovation to provide desired economic outcomes for the city and its residents. The research in this smart city theme covers, but not limited to, the following topics:

          • Circular economy;
          • Innovation ecosystem;
          • Knowledge and innovation economy;
          • Knowledge and innovation space—e.g., knowledge precinct, innovation district;
          • Knowledge industry, business and worker;
          • Knowledge-based urban and regional development;
          • Place making and branding;
          • Urban and regional innovation system.

Societal Dimension of Smart Cities

Our research concerning the societal dimension of smart cities concentrates on societal equity, liveability, and wellbeing to provide desired societal outcomes for the city and its residents. The research in this smart city theme covers, but not limited to, the following topics:

          • Community planning;
          • Digital and technology divide;
          • Knowledge society;
          • Public participation;
          • Right to the city;
          • Smart community;
          • Social, human and intellectual capital;
          • Technology forecasting and social change.

Environmental Dimension of Smart Cities

Our research concerning the environmental dimension of smart cities concentrates on sustainable urban development to provide desired environmental outcomes for the city and its residents. The research in this smart city theme covers, but not limited to, the following topics:

          • Sustainable urban and infrastructure development;
          • Sustainable transport;
          • Urban and environmental sustainability assessment;
          • Water sensitive urban design;
          • Sustainable engineering for zero waste;
          • Climate emergency;
          • Urban heat island;
          • Post-Anthropocentric urbanism.

Governance Dimension of Smart Cities

Our research concerning the governance dimension of smart cities concentrates on good governance and strategic planning to provide desired institutional outcomes for the city and its residents. The research in this smart city theme covers, but not limited to, the following topics:

          • Accountability and transparency in urban projects;
          • Bootstrapping urban planning;
          • Disruptive technology regulation;
          • Science, technology and innovation policy;
          • Smart city planning;
          • Smart governance;
          • Smart urban governance;
          • Urban living labs.

Technology Dimension of Smart Cities

Our research concerning the technology dimension of smart cities concentrates on technological innovation to provide desired innovative tools, platforms and solutions for the city and its residents. The research in this smart city theme covers, but not limited to, the following topics:

          • Artificial intelligence;
          • Blockchain;
          • Citizen science (e.g., crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information);
          • Gamification and gamified applications;
          • Green information system;
          • Smart mobility (e.g., autonomous driving, mobility-as-a-service);
          • Smart urban technology;
          • Urban informatics.