Smart Cities

The Smart Cities Research Cluster (SCRC) seeks to promote and advance the efficient design, planning and delivery of urban environments and services through the use of spatially integrated information and communication technology.


Call for Chapters

Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era

The UNSW Smart Cities Research Cluster is preparing an edited book entitled Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era to be published in mid 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan.  The editors call for authors to submit chapters presenting innovative ways to open-up data and to use it in new applications to create smarter, more open cities. Each chapter is to be 5000-6000 words (excluding references) and will be categorised into one of four thematic sections:  (1) Collaborative Cities; (2) Transparent Cities; (3) Adaptive Cities; (4) Liveable and Sustainable Cities.  

Expressions of Interest (chapter title and abstract) are due by Monday 15 May to 
The publication schedule is as follows:
  • Submit EOI: 15th May 2017
  • Chapter Submission Date:  30th Oct 2017
  • Chapter Peer Review:  1st Nov - 15th Dec 2017 (please note, all chapters will be blind peer reviewed)
  • Chapter Decision:  20th Dec 2017
  • Author submission of revised chapters:  28th Feb 2018
  • Publication:  Mid 2018


Open Cities | Open Data Workshop

The following presentations are from the Smart Cities Workshop on “Open Cities| Open Data” held on Oct 2, 2015.

Keynotes- The Urban Future of Open Data

Parallel Session A- Collaborative Cities
Parallel Session A- Transparent Cities
Parallel Session B- Adaptive Cities
Parallel Session B- Liveable Cities

Research Papers

The publications on this section present an introduction to the concept of Smart Cities and a guide to students and academics wishing to participate in research and activities with the Smart City Cluster.


  • Allwinkle, S. & Cruickshank, P. (2011) Creating smart-er cities: An overview, Journal of Urban Technology, 18(2), 1-16.
  • Batty, M. (2013) Big data, smart cities and city planning, Dialogues in Human Geography, 3(3), 274-279.
  • Batty, M. (2013) The new science of cities. Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press.
  • Batty, M., Axhausen, K. W., Giannotti, F., Pozdnoukhov, A., Bazzani, A., Wachowicz, M., Ouzounis G., & Portugali, Y. (2012) Smart cities of the future, The European Physical Journal Special Topics, 214(1), 481-518.       
  • Bekkers, V. & Homburg, V. (2007) The Myths of E-Government: looking beyond the assumptions of a new and better government. The Information Society, 23(5), 373-382.
  • Bertot, J. C., Jaeger, P. T., & Grimes, J. M. (2010) Using ICTs to create a culture of transparency: E-government and social media as openness and anti-corruption tools for societies, Government Information Quarterly, 27(3), 264-271.
  • Brabham, D. C. (2009) Crowdsourcing the Public Participation Process for Planning Projects, Planning Theory, 8(3), 242-262.
  • Caragliu, A., Del Bo, C., & Nijkamp, P. (2011) Smart Cities in Europe, Journal of Urban Technology, 18(2), 65-82.
  • Carter, L. & Bélanger, F. (2005) The Utilization of E‐Government Services: citizen trust, innovation and acceptance factors, Information Systems Journal, 15(1), 5-25.
  • Chun, S. A., Shulman, S., Sandoval, R., & Hovy, E. (2010) Government 2.0: Making connections between citizens, data and government, Information Polity, 15(1), 1.
  • Deng, W., Prasad, D. K., & Osmond, P. W. (2011) Improving sustainability decision-making information at neighbourhood level: A new framework for performance assessment based on China’s Small Residential District. The international Journal of Environmental, Cultral, Economic and social sustainability, 7(2), 235-252.
  • Evans-Cowley, J., & Hollander, J. (2010) The New Generation of Public Participation: internet-based participation tools, Planning, Practice & Research, 25(3), 397-408.
  • Foth, M. (2011) From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement. Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press.
  • Foth, M. (Ed.). (2008) Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: the practice and promise of the real-time city, New York, IGI Global.
  • Fountain, J. E. (2004), Building the Virtual State: information technology and institutional change, Washington, Brookings Institution Press.
  • Graham, S., & Marvin, S. (2002) Telecommunications and the City: electronic spaces, urban places. New York, Routledge.
  • Greenfield, A. (2010) Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing. Berkeley, New Riders.
  • Gudes, O., Kendal, E., Yigitcanlar, T., Han, J., & Pathak, V. (2011) Developing a Competitive City through Healthy Decision-Making. In M. Bulu (Ed.), City Competitiveness and Improving Urban Subsystems: Technologies and Applications (pp. 107-121). Hersey: Information Science Reference.
  • Haeusler, M. (2014) Interchanging – Future designs for responsive transport environments (first ed.). N. Gardner, M. Haeusler, & B. Mahar (Eds.), Bamberg, Germany: Spurbuch.
  • Haeusler, M., Tomitsch, M., & Tscherteu, G. (2012) New Media Facades - A Global Survey (1 ed.). Ludwigsburg, Germany: avedition.
  • Han, H. H., Hawken, S., & Williams, A. (2015) SMART CCTV and the management of urban space. In Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies. IGI.
  • Hollands, R. G. (2008) Will the Real Smart City Please Stand Up? intelligent, progressive or entrepreneurial? City, 12(3), 303-320.
  • Janssen, M., Charalabidis, Y., & Zuiderwijk, A. (2012) Benefits, Adoption Barriers and Myths of Open Data and Open Government, Information Systems Management, 29(4), 258-268.
  • Kingston, R. (2007) Public Participation in Local Policy Decision-Making: the role of web-based mapping, The Cartographic Journal, 44(2), 138-144.
  • Kitchin, R. (2014) The Data Revolution: big data, open data, data infrastructures and their consequences. Los Angeles, Sage.
  • Kitchin, R. (2014) The Real-Time City? Big data and smart urbanism, GeoJournal, 79(1), 1-14.
  • Lee, J., & Zlatanova, S. (2008) A 3D Data Model and Topological Analyses for Emergency Response in Urban Areas, Geospatial Information Technology for Emergency Response, 143, C168.
  • Linders, D. (2012) From E-Government to We-Government: defining a typology for citizen coproduction in the age of social media, Government Information Quarterly, 29(4), 446-454.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V., & Cukier, K. (2013) Big Data: a revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think. New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Nam, T. & Pardo, T. A. (2011) Smart City as Urban Innovation: focusing on management, policy, and context, In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (pp. 185-194), ACM.
  • Pentland, A. (2014) Social Physics: how good ideas spread-the lessons from a new science. Victoria, Scribe.
  • Schaffers, H., Komninos, N., Pallot, M., Trousse, B., Nilsson, M., & Oliveira, A. (2011) Smart Cities and the Future Internet: Towards Cooperation Frameworks for Open Innovation, The Future Internet, 6656, pp 431-446
  • Seltzer, E. & Mahmoudi, D. (2012) Citizen Participation, Open Innovation, and Crowdsourcing: challenges and opportunities for planning, Journal of Planning Literature, 28(1), pp. 3–18.
  • Townsend, A. M. (2013) Smart Cities: big data, civic hackers, and the quest for a new utopia, New York, WW Norton & Company.
  • West, D. M. (2004) E‐government and the Transformation of Service Delivery and Citizen Attitudes, Public Administration Review, 64(1), 15-27.
  • Xiao, P., Ding, L., & Prasad, D. (2014) Modelling Adaptive Building Energy Systems and Human Behaviour: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach. In Grand Renewable Energy 2014 Proceedings. Tokyo Japan.
  • Zhao, W., Ding, L., Cooper, P., & Perez, P. (2014) Smart Home Electricity Management in the Context of Local Power Resources and Smart Grid. Journal of Clean Energy Technologies, vol. 2 (no. 1), 73-79.  
  • Zlatanova, S., & Li, J. (Eds.). (2008) Geospatial Information Technology for Emergency Response, London, Taylor and Francis.
  • Zlatanova, S., Rahman, A. A., & Shi, W. (2004) Topological Models and Frameworks for 3D Spatial Objects, Computers & Geosciences, 30(4), 419-428.
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