Building Understanding of Smart City Initiatives

  • Suha Alawadhi
  • Armando Aldama-Nalda
  • Hafedh Chourabi
  • J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
  • Sofia Leung
  • Sehl Mellouli
  • Taewoo Nam
  • Theresa A. Pardo
  • Hans J. Scholl
  • Shawn Walker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7443)


This study presents the first results of an analysis primarily based on semi-structured interviews with government officials and managers who are responsible for smart city initiatives in four North American cities—Philadelphia and Seattle in the United States, Quebec City in Canada, and Mexico City in Mexico. With the reference to the Smart City Initiatives Framework that we suggested in our previous research, this study aims to build a new understanding of smart city initiatives. Main findings are categorized into eight aspects including technology, management and organization, policy context, governance, people and communities, economy, built infrastructure, and natural environment.


Smart city City management City government Smart Government Technology E-government Governance Citizen engagement Policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suha Alawadhi
    • 1
  • Armando Aldama-Nalda
    • 2
  • Hafedh Chourabi
    • 3
  • J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
    • 2
  • Sofia Leung
    • 1
  • Sehl Mellouli
    • 3
  • Taewoo Nam
    • 4
  • Theresa A. Pardo
    • 4
  • Hans J. Scholl
    • 1
  • Shawn Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUnited States
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación y Docencia EconómicasMexicoMexico
  3. 3.Université LavalCanada
  4. 4.Center for Technology in GovernmentUniversity at Albany – SUNYAlbanyUnited States

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