Technology, information and actors: making smart cities sustainable: exploring attitudes of South Korea’s smart city practitioners using Q methodology

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With regard to the applications of intelligent technologies in urban development, the concept of smart cities has spread widely and been applied to many empirical projects around the globe. In recent years, smart cities have employed the notions of the sustainable urban development with a great concern on global climate change. Although the current smart sustainable city model has particularly emphasised on energy optimisation and low-carbon management, the sustainability strategy of smart cities should go beyond the technological aspects of intelligent solutions. In order to address this emerging issue, planners have faced the complex challenge of how to develop smart cities in a wider sustainability context considering the city’s economic dynamics, social di complexity. This research draws attention to perspectives and attitudes of the practitioners in association with sustainable strategies in the development process of smart cities, and Q methodology has been used for this purpose. To define the wider range of issues under study, the research explores lessons-learnt from the context of long-standing debates around collaborative planning practice towards sustainable urban development. Relevant stakeholders for Q analysis have been identified using author’s earlier contacts and snowball-sampling technique. The research aims to demonstrate an overview of the subjective perspectives and attitudes on sustainability in the smart city development, especially from the standing point of the observed practitioners. The results may show how the smart city practitioners interact with very controversial and complex issues on environmentally-sustainable development in South Korea and around the world.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
smart cities, sustainability, Q methodology
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