(Un)intentional Effects: A Social Network Analysis of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities

SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Today, roughly 55% of the world’s population lives in urban settlements. This number is projected to rise continuously in the future, challenging cities to transform themselves into successful, competitive units within a globalized world. A model called Smart City aims at delivering better structural advantages to cities through technical, economic and social innovations. A recent paper by Serrano et al. (2020) examines the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI) to identify which cities are benefiting from Smart City initiatives and which role multinational firms play in this context.

Smart City is a collective term for holistic development concepts that aim to make cities more efficient, technologically advanced, greener and more socially inclusive. It is argued that, in the context of an increasingly competitive globalized world, the Smart City model can deliver a better city governance by taking advantage of the possibilities provided by information and communication technology developed by means…

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