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    Making the smart region transition: towards a conceptual and assessment framework


    Misra, Harekrishna and Ojo, Adegboyega (2020) Making the smart region transition: towards a conceptual and assessment framework. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. ACM Digital Library, pp. 662-669. ISBN 978-1-4503-7674-7

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    Abstract

    Smart region related policy has gained considerable importance. The UN has included "Smart City" as one of the goals in its sustainable development goals (SDG 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities). The concept of Smart regions goes beyond the smart city concept. Smart region, in principle, means the inclusion of smart city (urban) along with non-urban or rural areas as an integral part of the strategic interventions. E-governance has over the years played a key role in bridging the digital-divide between urban and rural areas, thus an important concept in smart regions. Consequently, we offer a conceptualization of smart regions as comprising smart cities and rural e-governance initiatives. This conceptualization is employed in assessing a region initiative in India - Ahmedabad to determine to what extent it could be labelled as a smart region. We argue that our emerging conceptualization offers pragmatic value for regional and spatial planning in contexts looking to scale islands of smart cities initiatives into smart regions.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Smart City; Smart Region; E-Governance; Rural E-Governance;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Innovation Value Institute, IVI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 15787
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1145/3428502.3428599
    Depositing User: Adegboyega Ojo
    Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2022 09:56
    Publisher: ACM Digital Library
    Refereed: Yes
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