Key Research Areas:
The following will structure and contextualize smart city developments in the coming decade.
1. Economics and innovation capacities of smart cities: How can cities become smart in the sense of supporting technological development, innovation and employment in local communities as part of smart city initiatives?
2. Sustainability and governance of smart cities: How can cities become smart in the sense of sustainable development, including goals of climate neutrality, environmental and technological self-sufficiency?
3. Politics and public policies in smart cities: How can cities become smart in the sense of providing functional citizen-participation platforms for public policy and service co-design and co-delivery as the basis for legitimacy and happiness?
4. Internationalization and integration of smart cities: How can cities become smart in the sense of political, policy, service and technological integration, collaboration and/or interoperability while maintaining local development concerns from innovation capacities and sustainability to participation and legitimacy?
Research team lead: Professor Erkki Karo (TalTech, Governance)
Key research contributors:
- Prof. Wolfgang Drechsler (TalTech, Governance)
- Prof. Vasilis Kostakis (TalTech, P2P Governance)
- Prof. Marko Nieminen (Aalto, Computer science)
- Prof. Jarno Limnéll (Aalto, Cyber Security)
- Senior Research Fellow Veiko Lember (TalTech, Governance)