The Smart City and its Citizens
Smart cities are associated almost exclusively with modern technology and infrastructure. However, smart cities have the possibility to enhance the involvement and contribution of citizens to urban development. This recently published article explores the role of governance as one of the factors influencing the participation of citizens in smart cities projects. Governance characteristics play a major role in explaining different typologies of citizen participation. Through a focus on Amsterdam Smart City program as a specific case study, this research examines the characteristics of governance that are present in the overall program and within a selected sample of projects, and how they relate to different typologies of citizen participation. The analysis and comprehension of governance characteristics plays a crucial role both for a better understanding and management of citizen participation, especially in complex settings where multiple actors are interacting.
The article “The Smart City and its Citizens: Governance and Citizen Participation in Amsterdam Smart City” by Carlo Capra was recently published on the International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR) Volume 5, Issue 1.
This research was performed during the summer of 2014 and was presented at the Conference “Local Government and Urban Governance: Citizens Responsive Innovations in Europe and Africa”, held in Lisbon on 9-10 April 2015.
Picture “Data visualization of all the buildings in the Netherlands” by Bert Spaan, Waag Society 2013, licensed under CC BY 4.0