Special Issue "Smart Cities and Smart Villages and the Global Digital Transformation: Strategy and Community Engagement"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Anna Visvizi
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Guest Editor
1. School of Business & Economics, Deree—The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi Athens, Greece
2. Effat College of Business, Effat University, Jeddah 21551, Saudi Arabia
Interests: smart cities; migration; innovation networks; international business; political economy; economic integration; politics; EU; Central Europe; China
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Several issues, processes, and developments shape the context in which smart cities and smart villages—and thus, also the corresponding research agenda and policy-making process—pragmatize. The frame for these developments is most profoundly shaped by the imperatives entailed in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda, in the set of the UN-driven “AI for Good” initiatives, and, in the broader sense, by the global digital transformation that sweeps across diverse issues, levels, and domains of the social reality and the policy-making process.

Against this backdrop, this Special Issue (SI) of Sustainability will focus on the most recent advances in smart cities and smart villages research to encourage, nourish, and promote the development of strategies conducive to smart cities’/villages’ sustainable growth and development in times of the global digital transformation. The key objectives of this SI are (i) to examine how advances in sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT) broaden the range of opportunities to develop sustainable development strategies for smart cities and smart villages at local, regional, and global levels and across issue areas; (ii) to identify the ways, methods, and strategies by means of which a variety of stakeholders (can) engage in the processes of co-creating and making smart cities and smart villages thrive, and how ICT weighs in these processes; (iii) to reflect on and to add to the interpretive lens and explanatory potential that are offered by the existing literature on the subject; (iv) to query whether best practice sharing and specific business and policy strategies might be helpful in boosting smart cities’ and smart villages’ sustainability and development.

Prof. Dr. Anna Visvizi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • global digital transformation and smart cities research
  • global digital transformation and smart villages research
  • “AI for good” and smart city/smart village development
  • smart city/villages and the UN’s SDGs
  • ICT and community engagement in smart city/village development
  • ICT and the digital transition of cities/villages into smart city/smart village
  • challenges, caveats and problems relating to smart cities/villages development and functioning
  • smart cities/villages in the era of platform economy
  • smart cities/villages, competitiveness and economic growth
  • ICT and the provision services in smart cities/villages, e.g. healthcare, education, etc.
  • energy communities and smart cities/villages
  • data cooperatives and smart cities/villages
  • smart city strategy and community enegagement
  • smart village and community engagement
  • services provision and community engagement in smart city/village context
  • smart cities/villages in the Global South/North contexts
  • smart cities, smart communities in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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