Sustainable cities, eco cities, smart cities – these and similar terms attract growing interest among researchers, policymakers and practitioners. They represent innovative concepts and applications to address the challenges of global urbanisation and improve sustainable development.

The International Eco-Cities Initiative contributes to these efforts with world-leading research, consultancy and teaching. Our work centres upon how governance processes can facilitate urban innovation through knowledge co-ordination, policy design and community engagement.

Building on pioneering global eco-city surveys, our current research focuses on:

  • the role of indicators and standards for evaluating urban sustainability projects
  • the use of ‘smart city’ concepts in planning and experimental practices
  • the challenge of policy implementation across multiple stakeholders
  • the potential of participatory governance for enabling social sustainability.

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