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Edinburgh Napier University develops smart city playbook


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Luca Mora
Luca Mora
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Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have developed a playbook of practical recommendations to improve urban life with the use of digital technology.

Named Managing smart city governance, it has published by the UN's Habitat programme as a resource for cities around the world.

It is aimed at helping them deal with the strategic and operational challenges posed by the application of digital technologies in urban areas.

The findings are split into three pillars, the first being on strategy, including aspects such as culture and capabilities of public organisations, and the polices required to regulate the design and application of digital technologies.

Second is the collaborative ecosystem, exploring how local governments can work with residents, civil society organisations, SMEs, universities and other local actors.

Third is focused on technology, notably the design and governance of digital infrastructure, data platforms and smart city services.

Positive difference

Professor Luca Mora and Dr Paolo Gerli from Edinburgh Napier's Business School led the research team.

Mora commented: “This playbook draws together evidence based advice, offering what we hope will be guidance that makes a positive difference around the world.

“Digital technology offers many opportunities for leaders of local and municipal governments – and it could revolutionise the quality of life for people who live in urban areas.

“The potential of these technologies is almost limitless, so it is important that they are put in place strategically and collaboratively to make the most of them.”

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