The 33rd Policy Platform Seminar: "Smart cities in Japan"--reflections on policy implications

May 15, 2015


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Companies / University students
Date(s) June 5, 2015 16:30 — 18:00
Location Hongo Area Campus
Venue Seminar Room #2, Economic Research Annex Bldg, The University of Tokyo

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Capacity 60 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Contact For inquiries, please contact the Office for Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) Education Program


Lecture will be given in English by Dr. Roy Nyberg, Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo. (Simultaneous translation will NOT be provided.)

*Dr. Nyberg's abstract

In this presentation I will consider the emergence of the concept of ‘smart cities’, through the efforts of various types of organisations active in this area, and what are some of the policy implications that this phenomenon may have. I will ground the main discussion by first describing some of the conceptualisations of smart cities. Although there is no one widely accepted definition, this concept is frequently seen as a way to achieve efficiencies in utility services such as energy, water, waste and transport. I will also briefly summarise some of the main concerns discussed in smart cities literature. I will then describe my on-going project on smart cities and what are the more prominent findings so far. In the last part of the presentation I will relate these findings and insights to first some of the organisation theory frameworks, and then to policy research frameworks, and consider what are possible policy implications. I conclude by reflecting on possible contributions to policy research, organisation theory and research methods.

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