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A new paper by Rick Pruetz explores the future of cities with autonomous vehicles (AVs).

With over half of the world’s population living in cities and urban areas, they will be key to achieving global sustainability.

Monsoon Assemblages recently published the proceedings of its first symposium, Monsoon [+ other] Airs.

The University of Westminster will be leading a project in collaboration with the Jharkhand State Urban Planning and Management Institute (JUPMI), as part of the programme Smart Urban Development in Indian States – funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID).

We are pleased to welcome Alec Gelgota, a new doctoral researcher investigating decentralised peer-to-peer energy sharing initiatives, and their role as urban experiments in creating systemic transformational change.

A new paper by Dr Chiara Luchino takes a quantitative look at the performance of various eco-city initiatives in China to date, finding that in many cases they are falling below expectations.

Partners of the Smart-Eco project are guest-editing a special issue of the journal Sustainability, entitled Smart, the New Sustainable? The Smart City and its Implications for Sustainable Urbanism.

A new paper by Professor John Zacharias reviews the limited progress on eco-cities in China to date and suggests alternative pathways towards urban sustainability.

Proposals for contributions are invited for Monsoon Waters, the second in a series of symposia convened by Monsoon Assemblages, taking place at the University of Westminster on 12-13 April 2018. The submission deadline is 8 January 2018.

A new book, Sustainable Cities in Asia, has been published, edited by Federico Caprotti and Li Yu, partners of the SMART-ECO project.

A new report reflects on the outcomes of the 2017 Eco City ‘Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations’ world summit in Melbourne, Australia.

A two-day international symposium on ‘Sustainable smart eco-city planning and development’ is being held at Cardiff University on 12-13 Oct 2017.

Partners of the International Eco-Cities Initiative have published an article analysing the role of citizenship in British smart city standards.

A new essay by Dr Rachel Aldred provides an introduction to her award-winning research into cycling cultures and policy in the UK.

Registration is open for the third conference of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on 'Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability', with the central topic of ‘spatial smartness’. A preliminary programme is now also available.

As housing, schools and hospitals continue to fail fire safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, two Westminster academics analyse how such a situation could have arisen.

A new essay by Yonn Dierwechter, Tassilo Herrschel and Gerd Lintz introduces the concept of ‘smart city-regional governance’.

Matthew Cook, a partner of the International Eco-Cities Initiative, will be presenting on the role of the citizen in smart city standards, at an event entitled ‘Shaping data standards for future cities’ in Glasgow on 19 May.

A new paper by three members of the International Eco-Cities Initiative investigates the role of the public in smart city initiatives.

A fifteen-page special report on smart cities was published in The Times on 15 March 2017.

We are pleased to welcome Florence Nassali, a new doctoral researcher investigating resilient governance processes for emerging economies in the wake of climate change.

We are pleased to welcome Megan Sharkey, our latest doctoral researcher, investigating community-led movements for achieving more resilient and sustainable cities.

Simon Joss and partners of the International Eco-Cities Initiative are amongst those who have authored a paper in response to the ‘New Urban Agenda’, taking shape as a result of the UN-HABITAT III conference.

At what point should we reconsider the ‘compact city’ ideal in planning? A new paper by Duncan Bowie, using London as a case study, argues that development options beyond the city core should be given more consideration.

Professor Simon Joss has published an article in the magazine Public Sector Executive about smart cities, their technological innovation and local engagement.


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