Smart Cities is a rapidly growing concept in both research and policy practice. It is viewed as a solution for cities to better cope with key societal challenges like energy transition, mobility and social innovation through extensive and effective use of big data and IT.
This, in turn, calls for new modes of – smart – governance, with the active involvement of a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations. In this Summer course, Smart Cities is being studied through three themes. First, we focus on Resources and Infrastructure (water, energy and mobility). Second, we focus the Digital City (Big and open data, geo informatics). And third, we analyze Social Innovation (new modes of governance and behavioral change).
Energy, environment, agriculture and transportation are all aspects of resources and infrastructure when one is considering Smart Cities, but these aspects are only the literal interpretation of the subject. One should also consider legislation, regulations and policies to be part of the municipal infrastructure and can even be seen as resources (grants for example). The latter is treated during the “Social Innovation” part, although one should not forget that governance is also part of the infrastructure. The course will therefore focus on the next three intertwined themes.
- Learn all about the aspects of Smart Cities, ranging from governing a smart city to constructing the physical infrastructure of a smart city
- Applying your knowledge from both technical and governance aspects to smart city development in small projects
- Work in multidisciplinary teams
- Learn how you can contribute to smart city development
- Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
- Course level: Advanced BSC., MSc.
- Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year, entry level Master’s students and professionals with an interest in smart cities.
- Course leader: Dr Maya van den Berg
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school