During the last decade or so, as the notion of the Smart City became more and more popular, there is a transformation in how some cities manifest the concept. Overall, there seem to have been three distinct phases of how cities have embraced technology and development, moving from tech-company driven, to city government driven, to, finally, citizen driven. In this time, some cities moved from one phase to another linearly, while others have been stuck in one throughout their experiments with smart cities.
Open Governance in the Smart City was developed in the framework of the EU funded Horizon 2020 research project smarticipate. Through eleven cases – 9 European and 2 non-European cities – the report provides an overview of the variety of approaches local governments and communities can take to ICT enabled open governance. In addition to describing the different approaches, the report also discusses risks and challenges, concluding with a number of recommendations.
Whether you are an experienced researcher or a policymaker seeking inspiration for new ideas, the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) has developed a toolkit to show how adopting an experimental approach can be used to make policies more effective by successfully designing and delivering trials. Practicioners can use the toolkit as a step-by-step guide to the development and implementation of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).
Crowdfunding is increasingly being used by cities’ local authorities, usually refered as ‘Civic crowdfunding‘, aiming to democratise the way places are created and funded: from’Civic crowdfunding new street markets and revamped playgrounds, to gardens planted on derelict railway lines.This report by Future Cities Catapult studies the progress of the first wave of local authorities making use of this approach, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of it.
This report aims to investigate multi-level governance and vertical policy integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels of government. More specifically, it focuses on exploring in depth governance structure for sustainable development, as well as multi-level governance and vertical policy integration.
Data and the City: How Can Public Data Infrastructures Change Lives in Urban Regions? report, produced by Jonathan Gray and Danny Lämmerhirt, aims to shed light on aspects referring to the ways in which data can play an essential role in tackling emerging issues from the rapid urbanization process.
This article introduces a special issue on the increasing role of cities as a driver for (open) innovation and entrepreneurship. It frames the innovation space being cultivated by proactive cities. Drawing on the diverse papers selected in this special issue, this introduction explores a series of tensions that are emerging as innovators and entrepreneurs seek to engage with local governments and citizens in an effort to improve the quality of life and promote local economic growth.