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    Smart cities, epistemic communities, advocacy coalitions and the 'last mile' problem

    Kitchin, Rob and Coletta, Claudio and Evans, Leighton and Heaphy, Liam and MacDonncha, Darach (2017) Smart cities, epistemic communities, advocacy coalitions and the 'last mile' problem. it - Information Technology, 59 (6). pp. 275-284. ISSN 1611-2776

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    We argue that the ideas, ideals and the rapid proliferation of smart city rhetoric and initiatives globally have been facilitated and promoted by three inter-related communities: (i) `urban technocrats'; (ii) a smart cities `epistemic community'; (iii) a wider `advocacy coalition'. We examine their roles and the multiscale formation, and why despite their influence they encounter a `last mile problem'; that is, smart city initiatives are yet to become fully mainstreamed. We illustrate this last mile problem through a discussion of plans to introduce smart lighting in Dublin.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Smart cities; epistemic community; advocacy coalition; technocrats; urban governance; city administration; smart lighting;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 11589
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    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 14:29
    Journal or Publication Title: it - Information Technology
    Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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