Keynote Title: Smart is the new sustainable! But does smart city really lead to sustainable outcomes?
- The popular smart city concept is viewed as a vision, manifesto or promise aiming to constitute the 21st century’s sustainable and ideal city form. This keynote talk places smart city practices from the UK under the microscope to investigate their contributions in achieving sustainable urban outcomes. Statistical analysis methods were employed to investigate changes in CO2 emissions level of the UK cities with differential level of smartness. The findings reveal that the link between city smartness and CO2 emissions is not linear and the impact of city smartness on CO2 emissions does not change over time. This finding calls for further investigation and better aligning smart city strategies to lead to concrete sustainable outcomes. The talk concludes by highlighting the importance of prospective investigations to accurately scrutinise existing smart city projects’ outcomes, and emphasising the necessity of developing smart city agendas that deliver sustainability oriented outcomes.
Tan Yigitcanlar is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He also carries out the Executive Director role at the World Capital Institute. His research focusesonthree interdisciplinary themes: 1) Smart Cities and Intelligent Urban Technologies, 2) Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Urban Development,and 3) Knowledge Cities and Knowledge-Based Urban Development. He carries out various editorial roles in 10 prestigious international academic journals. He is the Chairperson of the annual ‘Knowledge Cities World Summit’ series, and organised over 10 conferences under this brand in different parts of the world.He has extensively published in the fieldincluding10 books, the latest one is entitled‘Technology and the City: Systems, Applications and Implications’and published by Routledgein 2016.