Study on Smart Cities is presented during International Conference in Austria

The study concludes that the concept of success in smart city initiatives must be perfected, since the project showed different results for different stakeholders – at times even showing opposing results. In addition, the study questions the very concept of smart city – as it is used by academia –, concluding that it is a poorly defined construct,to say the least.
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18 September 2018
Study on Smart Cities is presented during International Conference in Austria

Professor Luiz Antonio Joia, coordinator of e:lab – Electronic Business and Government Research Lab of FGV’s Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE), presented a paper during the International Conference on E-Government, E-Democracy, Open Government, and E-Participation (Egov-Cedem-Epart 2018), held on September 3-5 in Krems, Austria. 

Developed alongside Mariana Brandão and Gabriel Marcuzzo (UFF), former EBAPE PhD students of professor Joia, the study titled “Smart City for whom? The case of Búzios Cidade Inteligente” takes a closer look at the smart city project implemented in the town of Armação dos Búzios, based on the Actor-Network Theory. The study concludes that the concept of success in smart city initiatives must be perfected, since the project showed different results for different stakeholders – at times even showing opposing results. In addition, the study questions the very concept of smart city – as it is used by academia –, concluding that it is a poorly defined construct,to say the least.

The professor also attended the annual meeting of the Working Group 8.5 (Information Systems in Public Administration) of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), which sponsored the conference.

Created in 2001, e:lab is a research laboratory that studies the digital transformation within the public and private arenas. Featuring a broad and multidisciplinary approach, it operates across several research tracks, based on each topic’s relevance to the market.

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