Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Smart City Development: ICT Innovation for Urban Sustainability

  • Luca MoraEmail author
  • Mark Deakin
  • Yusuf A. Aina
  • Francesco Paolo Appio
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Smart city: A city in which issues limiting sustainable urban development are tackled by means of ICT-related solutions.

Please note that, in this definition and this chapter, the term “city” is used to refer to any type of urban areas, irrespective of their population size, and the acronym ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology.


Boosting sustainable urban development by helping cities across the world to adopt a smart city approach is one of the main commitments of the United Nations (UN). This commitment is made explicit in the New Urban Agenda, which gives particular attention to the potential contribution of smart city development to urban sustainability and suggests making determined efforts to meet urban challenges by deploying sustainability-oriented ICT innovations is key to: (1) attain environmentally friendly, resource efficient, safe, inclusive, and accessible urban environments; (2) sustain an economic growth based on the principles...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Mora
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark Deakin
    • 2
  • Yusuf A. Aina
    • 3
  • Francesco Paolo Appio
    • 4
  1. 1.The Business SchoolEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  2. 2.School of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Department of Geomatics Engineering TechnologyYanbu Industrial CollegeYanbuSaudi Arabia
  4. 4.School of ManagementLéonard de Vinci Pôle UniversitaireParisFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil