The latest issue of Public Sector Executive (PSE, Dec/Jan 17) includes a special section on smart cities and Professor Simon Joss has written the opening feature titled Smart cities at a crossroads. Based on a recent review of over 60 smart city initiatives across ten UK cities, he discusses key practice trends. The articles outlines four distinctive functions of smart city initiatives (‘service use’, ‘entrepreneurial’, ‘civic’, ‘political’); and it highlights some of the opportunities as well as challenges facing smart city innovation. Other articles in the series discuss the potential of smart cities to facilitate collaborative technological innovation, the benefits of digital standards for local government, and smart city practice sharing between the UK and India.
Simon Joss, Professor of Science and Technology and Co-director of the International Eco-Cities Initiative at the University of Westminster, has published an article in the magazine Public Sector Executive about smart cities, their technological innovation and local engagement.