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26 APR 2024 (FRI)

China Development Studies Elite Seminar Series

Smart urban governance: Governing cities in the “smart” era

Date: 26 APR 2024 (Friday)

Time: 16:00-17:30 (HKT)

Mode: Hybrid

Venue: CLL, Department of Geography, 10.10, 10/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Via Zoom: Zoom link will be provided upon successful registration


The advent of technology has ushered in an era of "smart cities," where urban spaces are increasingly infused with information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life. This presentation explores the concept of smart urban governance, focusing on the strategies and challenges associated with governing cities in this rapidly evolving landscape. Drawing on interdisciplinary literature and empirical materials, it examines the roles of various stakeholders and different types of ICTs in shaping the governance structures in the context of smart cities. Three key types of smart governance approaches are identified and categorized, including technocratic smart governance, participatory smart governance and smart open governance. Key themes explored include the use of data-driven decision-making, citizen engagement through participatory platforms, and the smart open response to the sudden urban disasters in a “pop-up” way. The presentation also discusses policy implications and identifies areas for further research to advance our understanding of smart urban governance. Overall, it underscores the importance of adaptive, context-oriented governance approaches that can harness the potential of technology while addressing the complex socio-technical challenges inherent in the smart city paradigm.

Dr. Huaxiong JIANG

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University

Huaxiong Jiang (蒋华雄) is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Geographical Science of Beijing Normal University, Beijing. He holds a PhD in Human Geography from Utrecht University, The Netherland (2021). His research mainly focuses on smart urban governance, planning support systems, and disaster emergency response. He has led research projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Peking University - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Youth Fund, among others. He has authored or co-authored nearly 30 international, peer-reviewed academic journal articles such as Computers Environment and Urban Systems, Cities, Journal of Urban Technology, Environment and Planning B, Health and Place, Land Use Policy etc.

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