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Urban Commons, Future Smart Cities and Sustainability

  • Critical theoretical framework for understanding the development of smart cities as innovation drivers

  • Based on an empirical analysis of 21 case studies, which include pioneer projects from various regions

  • Organized into six major parts, which reflect interconnection between theories and practice

Part of the book series: Springer Geography (SPRINGERGEOGR)

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Table of contents (43 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Global Narratives of Knowledge and Innovation-Based Development

      • Vibhore Bakshi, Arindam Biswas
      Pages 3-28
    3. Recreational Centres as Urban Commons: Potential and Barriers to Regeneration in Zambia

      • Lilias Makashini, Ephraim Kabunda Munshifwa, Yewande Adewunmi
      Pages 29-52
    4. Political Common(ing) in a Smart City

      • Shalini Chaudhary, Anuradha Choudry
      Pages 53-72
  3. Urban Growth, Agglomeration and Urban Infrastructure

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-73
    2. Urbanisation and Urban Villages: An Overview of Slum Communities in India

      • Mark Ethan Harrison, Madhuri Sharma
      Pages 109-130
    3. Polycentric Urbanism and the Growth of New Economic Hubs in Mumbai, India

      • Sujayita Bhattacharjee, Madhuri Sharma
      Pages 169-186
    4. Urban Sprawl and Landscape Transition in Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly

      • Cudjoe Justice, John Manyimadin Kusimi
      Pages 225-247
    5. Rethinking Urban Sprawl: Moving Towards Sustainable Urban Planning Practice in Zambia

      • Roy Alexander Chileshe, Idah Ethel Zulu, Gillie Cheelo, Ephraim Kabunda Munshifwa, Niraj Jain, Anthony Mushinge
      Pages 301-320
    6. Exploring the Spatio-temporal Patterns and Driving Forces of Urban Growth in Dhaka Megacity from 1990 to 2020

      • Kazi Jihadur Rashid, Tahmina Akter, A. S. M. Imrul Kayes, Md. Yachin Islam
      Pages 375-400

About this book

This book provides a critical theoretical framework for understanding the implementation and development of smart cities as innovation drivers, with long-term effects on productivity, livability, and the sustainability of specific initiatives. This framework is based on an empirical analysis of 21 case studies, which include pioneer projects from various regions. It investigates how successful smart city initiatives foster technological innovation by combining regulatory governance and private agency. The typologies of smart city-making approaches are thoroughly examined. This book presents the holistic approach of smart cities, which start from current issue and challenges, advanced technological development, disaster mitigation, ecological perspective, social issue, and urban governance.


The book is organized into five major parts, which reflect interconnection between theories and practice. Part one explains the introduction which reflects the diversity and challenges of the urban commons and its regeneration. Part two covers the current and future situation of urban growth, anglomeration agglomeration, and urban infrastructure. This section includes rethinking urban sprawl: moving towards sustainable cities, drivers of urban growth and infrastructure, urban land use dynamics and urban sprawl and urban infrastructure sustainability and resilience. Part three describes climate crisis, urban health, and waste management. This section includes climate change and health impacts in urban areas, green spaces: an invaluable resource for delivering sustainable urban health, health and wellbeing and quality of life in the changing urban environment, urban climate and pollution—case study, sustainable urban waste management and urban sustainability and global warming and urban heat Island. Part four covers the ecological perspectives, advanced technology, and social impact for i.e., smart building, ecosystem services, society and future smart cities (SSC). This section includes urban ecosystem services, environmental planning, and city management, artificial intelligence and urban hazards and societal impact, and using geospatial application and urban/smart city energy conservation—case study. Part five covers urban governance, smart solutions, and sustainable cities. It includes good governance, especially e-governance and citizen participation, urban governance, space and policy planning to achieve sustainability, smart city planning and management and Internet of things (IoT), advances in smart roads for future smart cities, sustainable city planning, innovation, and management, future strategy for sustainable smart cities and lessons from the pandemic: the future of smart cities.


  • Urban Planning
  • Smart City
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Urban Innovation
  • Urban Heat Island
  • Sustainable Management
  • Waste Management
  • Urban e-governance
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • IoT

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, Bhatter College Dantan, Paschim Medinipur, India

    Uday Chatterjee

  • Department of Geography, Haringhata Mahavidyalaya, Nadia, India

    Nairwita Bandyopadhyay

  • National Research and Innovation Agency, Research Center for Oceanography, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Martiwi Diah Setiawati

  • School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

    Soma Sarkar

About the editors

Dr. Uday Chatterjee is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Bhatter College, Dantan, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India, and a applied geographer with a post-graduate in Applied Geography at Utkal University and Doctoral Degrees in Applied Geography at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha, India. He has contributed various research papers published in various reputed national and international journals and edited book volumes. He has authored jointly edited book entitled ‘Harmony with nature: Illusions and elusions from Geographer’s perspective in the 21st Century.’ He has also conducted (Convener) one Faculty Development Program on ‘Modern methods of teaching and advanced research methods’ sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Govt. of India. His areas of research interest cover urban planning, social and human geography, applied geomorphology, hazards and disasters, environmental issues, land use, and rural development. His research work has been funded by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) Govt. of West Bengal, India. He has served as a reviewer for many international journals. Currently, Dr. Uday Chatterjee is the lead editor of Special Issue (SI) of Urbanism, Smart Cities, and Modeling, Geojournal, Springer.


Dr. Nairwita Bandyopadhyay is presently working as the head of the Department and an assistant professor of Geography at Haringhata Mahavidyalaya affiliated to University of Kalyani. She holds a Ph.D. Geography from Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her thesis was titled ‘Drought Impact Assessment and Analysis of Drought Policy in Gujarat.’ She holds a M. Phil. in Geography (First Class with Distinction) and M.A. in Geography (First Class) with special papers in remote sensing and GIS, disaster management, environmental impact assessment from University of Delhi in Geography. She was awarded the N.P. Aiyyar Young Geographers Award at 38th Indian Geography Conference of National Association of Geographers in India (NAGI) in 2016 and the best paper award for ‘Monitoring Vegetative Drought Dynamics with drought Indices in Gujarat.’ She has published in reputed international peer-reviewed journals like Elsevier, Natural Hazards, GIS Science and Remote Sensing, Springer, Routledge with more than 100 citations. She has contributed to book chapters and authored a book. She has participated in international seminars and has presented papers at Germany, Spain, Greece, and China. She participated in training programs conducted by NASA, NIDM under Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and World Bank.


Dr. Martiwi Diah Setiawati is currently a research fellow at the Research Center for Oceanography, National Research, and Innovation Agency (BRIN)—previously known as Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI). She obtained her Bachelor's degree in marine science and technology from IPB University, Indonesia, in 2009. In 2012, she got a Master of Science in Udayana University, Indonesia, and a Master of Engineering in Yamaguchi University, Japan, under a double degree program. She received her Doctoral Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Yamaguchi University-Japan in 2015. From 2016 until March 2021, she joined the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Sciences (IR3S) (now known as Institute for Future Initiatives IFI), the University of Tokyo, as a project researcher under the Climate Change Adaptation Initiative Project in Indonesia. This project collaborates between the Ministry of Environment Japan and the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia (BAPPENAS) to mainstream climate change adaptation into a local development plan. As an environmental scientist, she is interested in remote sensing and GIS application to multiple environmental conditions, including habitat studies, disaster mitigation, climate change impact assessment, and adaptation. Her previous research projects cover the integrated climate assessment risks, uncertainties, and society and developing models to predict future health risks posed by changes in climate, land use, and population. She has published nearly 20 papers in various international and local journals and proceedings.

Soma Sarkar is a Ph.D. scholar in the School of Development Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a recipient of the Dr. Ambedkar Doctoral fellowship by DAIC, Government of India. She is presently pursuing a Joint-Study international exchange program at Alpen-Adria Universität in Klagenfurt, Austria.  Her ongoing doctoral research seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of urban water crises and governance mechanisms in India with a case study of Shimla. Soma has a Master’s degree in Geography with the University Gold Medal for Academic Excellence from Sikkim University, and an MPhil in Development Studies from TISS, Mumbai, where she explored the spatialities of water in a caste society like India. She has also completed a certificate course on the Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus which was jointly offered by Cornell University, USA & Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and aimed at engaging students from the US, China, and India to chart a Sustainable Future. Soma has presented her research at many international conferences and has also been engaged in a number of research projects on WASH, Forest Resource Rights, and Governance Mapping, and Green Economy. Her broad research interests include environmental governance and policy, political ecologies of water, climate change, intersectionality & Himalayan ecology.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Commons, Future Smart Cities and Sustainability

  • Editors: Uday Chatterjee, Nairwita Bandyopadhyay, Martiwi Diah Setiawati, Soma Sarkar

  • Series Title: Springer Geography

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-24766-8Published: 24 May 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-24769-9Due: 07 June 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-24767-5Published: 23 May 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2194-315X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2194-3168

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXII, 1038

  • Number of Illustrations: 39 b/w illustrations, 365 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sustainable Development, Public Policy, Climate, general, Cities, Countries, Regions

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