Smarter greener cities through a social-ecological-technological systems approach

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Branny , A , Møller , M S , Korpilo , S , McPhearson , T , Gulsrud , N , Olafsson , A S , Raymond , C M & Andersson , E 2022 , ' Smarter greener cities through a social-ecological-technological systems approach ' , Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability , vol. 55 , 101168 .

Title: Smarter greener cities through a social-ecological-technological systems approach
Author: Branny, Artur; Møller, Maja Steen; Korpilo, Silviya; McPhearson, Timon; Gulsrud, Natalie; Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Raymond, Christopher M.; Andersson, Erik
Contributor organization: Environmental Sciences
Human-Nature Transformations Research Group
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
University of Helsinki
Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2022-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
ISSN: 1877-3435
Abstract: Smart city development is expanding rapidly globally and is often argued to improve urban sustainability. However, these smart developments are often technology-centred approaches that can miss critical interactions between social and ecological components of urban systems, limiting their real impact. We draw on the social-ecological-technological systems (SETS) literature and framing to expand and improve the impact of smart city agendas. A more holistic systems framing can ensure that ‘smart’ solutions better address sustainability broadly and extend to issues of equity, power, agency, nature-based solutions and ecological resilience. In this context, smart city infrastructure plays an important role in enabling new ways of measuring, experiencing and engaging with local and temporal dynamics of urban systems. We provide a series of examples of subsystems interactions, or ‘couplings’, to illustrate how a SETS approach can expand and enhance smart city infrastructure and development to meet normative societal goals.
Description: Publisher Copyright: © 2022
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
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