Smart Cities

Forget science fiction. We need to think differently about smart cities.

Ideas, articles and reports on how universities can shape a new and better wave of smart cities

From 2018–2019 I led an eight country research project looking at how universities can shape ‘smart cities’, funded by the British Council. The final report, Smart places – how universities are shaping a new wave of smart cities, was launched in Berlin at the Going Global 2019 conference.

A summary article in The Conversation has been read over 30,000 times. The research has been featured in the media from The i newspaper and Fast Company magazine to City Metric and Yahoo News, and I was interviewed about the findings on Singapore radio.

I’ve also written extensively about smart cities on this site – see below – including reflections on how some of my thinking has evolved since the report.

Smart cities research summary: Channel News Asia radio interview
James Ransom interviewed by Daniel Martin on the Life&Style show on CNA938, a news and current affairs radio station in Singapore

Posts on smart cities

Universities and smart cities session at Going Global 2019

A recording of the smart cities session at Going Global 2019 in Berlin is now available online, including my presentation of the report findings, panel discussion and questions from the audience. You can also find my (admittedly minimalist) slides at the above link. In related news, University World News kindly re-published my summary of my […]


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