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OGLM 3015 - Harnessing the Power of Technologies - Smart Cities

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The term ‘smart city' has been appearing in the literature since the 1990s and was popularised in 2010. It is as such not a new concept anymore. The starting point of this course will be to go through a brief history of the idea of “smart city”, look how it emerged, how it has evolved the last years and discuss the current questions and challenges, that the different actors playing in this field are currently facing. We will then dig into different Cities' strategies and action plans to understand and seek to categorize the variety of visions and models put in place to materialise the concept in different cultural as well as socio-economic contexts. Finally, we will discuss “who is in charge of the smart city” and analyse the roles, challenges, scope of actions of different types of actos, ranging from municipalities and public agencies, to start-ups, big companies, citizens and social networks.


de FRANCQUEVILLE HANSEN, Caroline (Associée, OurHub)

Pedagogical format

4 sessions of 3 hours.

Course validation

The assessment of the course will be based on general participation, contributions to group work and oral presentations.

Required reading

  • Martin, C ; Evans, J. ; Karvonen, A. (2018) Smart and sustainable? Five tensions in the visions and practices of the smart-sustainable city in Europe and North America. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 133, Pages 269-278
  • Evgeny Morozov and Francesca Bria (2018) Rethinking the smart city. Democratizing urban technology. Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
  • Global Review of Smart City Strategy. A Global Review. (2017) Future Cities Catapult
  • Saunders, P. & Mulgan, G. (2017) Governing with collective intelligence, Nesta publications
  • Taylor, L. ; Richter, C. ; Jameson, S. & Perez de Pulgar, C. (June 9, 2016) Customers, Users or Citizens? Inclusion, Spatial Data and Governance in the Smart City, Maps4Society Final Project Report. Available at SSRN: