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Can smart cities be sustainable innovation actors?

3. Apr 2014

CASI Policy Brief Europe No1

The global crisis definitely made an earmark on the European countries. The majority of the countries are still struggling in finding ways to recover their respective economies.
European governments face many challenges at all levels and are pushed to look for novel solutions under times of restricted budgets and resources. Demands for international competiveness make societal challenges even more complex to solve.
Cities have been recognized to be important economic actors. They can contribute to initiatives and long-term projects that build new innovation ecosystems which in turn can open new opportunities and perspectives.

This policy brief looks at how the concept of smart cities relates to sustainable innovation and public participation. The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities in particular is looked at from this perspective.
The policy brief argues that while public participation is recognized as a central element in smart cities, there should be more emphasis on sustainable innovation.

The CASI project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no [612113].

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