Smart City Governance in Practice – the Example of mySMARTLife Project in Hamburg

Knieling, Jörg and Lange, Katharina (2019) Smart City Governance in Practice – the Example of mySMARTLife Project in Hamburg. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 671-677. ISSN 2521-3938

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The concept of the “smart city” has become increasingly popular in recent years and a large number of cities globally follow smart city strategies. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has also adopted the aim to become a smart city. With the project mySMARTLife under the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme Hamburg received the status of a smart city lighthouse project, and local actors from politics, administration, private economy, and civil society began collaborating to transform the district of Hamburg-Bergedorf towards a smart city. By experimenting with innovative technologies on-site, the project follows an applied and implementation-oriented approach. The purpose of this paper is to analyse under which institutional framework conditions the smart city project mySMARTLife is implemented in Hamburg. In particular, it is examined which forms of governance characterise the implementation process of the project in the district of Bergedorf. Based on a study of current literature on smart city governance an analytical framework will be developed and applied on the example of the mySMARTLife project. The empirical findings of the paper elaborate institutional and actor-related challenges of putting a smart city initiative into practice and identify which factors promote and hinder these intentions. Being part of the mySMARTLife consortium the authors gathered knowledge from the inside perspective of the project as well as from interviews with relevant stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: smart city, lighthouse project, governance, Hamburg, Horizon 2020
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 21:49
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 21:49

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