Organized by the Research Network for Smart Sustainable Cities at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Nordic Edge Expo.
The Smart City has become a dominant paradigm for urban development in many countries and cities around the world. Early smart city projects, perhaps rightly so, were criticized as being top-down and tech-driven, but as the concept has spread and landed in many different local contexts, smart city projects have taken new directions. In the Norwegian context for example, the National Roadmap for Smart Sustainable Cities in Norway emphasizes that:
“Smart cities and communities focus on people, while using new technology, innovative methods, collaboration and co-creation to become more sustainable, attractive, productive and resilient.”
The people-centered smart city is one of several interpretations of what a smart city is and for whom is it is for. The smart city concept is an always emergent and changing paradigm and this research symposium will take stock of where we came from, where we are today and where we may be heading.
As any other urban development paradigm, smart city proposes to address a range of complex and interlinked social, economic, technological, and environmental challenges and as such, it opens up for a range of interesting disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientific inquiries.
The research symposium reflects the broad and interdisciplinary nature of smart city research and invite abstracts from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines spanning the humanities, social sciences, technical sciences and natural sciences. The aim of the research symposium is thus to take stock of current research frontiers and identify pathways for future research.
The symposium will take place during the Nordic Edge Expo, Northern Europe’s largest smart city event. Accepted participants will get free access to the Expo.