Special Issue "Knowledge Management and Smart Sustainable Cities: Learning Cases of Urban Governance"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paulo Castro Seixas
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Guest Editor
Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies (CAPP), Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), University of Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: sustainability; governance; public policy; urban studies; territorial intelligence; cultural planning; international regions
Mr. Ricardo Cunha Dias
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Guest Editor
Doctoral fellow from FCT, I.P. to be developed at Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies (CAPP), Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), University of Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: sustainable development; governance; citizen participation; spatial planning; regional development; e-governance; policy making; environmental analysis; territorial intelligence
Mr. Diogo Guedes Vidal
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Guest Editor
Doctoral fellow from FCT, I.P. to be developed at FP-ENAS / Universidade Fernando Pessoa in the area of Ecology and Environmental Health, Porto, Portugal
Interests: sociology; research methodology; data analysis; sustainable development; statistical analysis; data collection; quantitative analysis; survey analysis; urban sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, city governments seek to apply new approaches to the production, organization, and circulation of information, focusing on the development of knowledge management (KM) for a digital transformation towards more intelligent and sustainable cities. This KM involves the identification of an indicator system that allows researchers to delimit and to monitor the suitable areas of intervention (more contextualization). KM also enables the creation of networks and forms of coordination of the multiple actors of the cities, as a factor of institutional innovation. However, and despite the great potential attributed to the use of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the governance of cities, the most advanced cases are still mostly in a phase of technological infrastructure, in which many of the constraints to digital transformation are still felt. The purpose of this Special Issue is to encourage the sharing of best practices in KM systems applied to the governance of smarter and more sustainable cities. The editors believe that sharing such cases is fundamental to guide and, above all, to accelerate the ongoing digital transformation process. The Editors of this Special Issue encourage submissions addressing, but not limited to, the following topics and issues:

  • Learning cases that show the joint application of the concepts of Knowledge Management, Smart Cities, and Smart Governance
  • Learning cases on knowledge management systems used in the digital transformation of cities (applied to specific sectors/problem solving)
  • Good practices in the development and implementation of indicator systems in the delimitation and monitoring of urban policies and services
  • Good practices in urban planning and management using ICT to increase citizen participation in urban governance

Dr. Paulo Castro Seixas
Mr. Ricardo Cunha Dias
Mr. Diogo Guedes Vidal
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • big and small data
  • communities of practices
  • territorial intelligence
  • urban acupuncture
  • digital acupuncture
  • learning case
  • smart cities
  • governance
  • knowledge management
  • sustainability
  • good practices

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Innovative Use of Plastic for a Clean and Sustainable Environmental Management: Learning Cases from Ghana, Africa
Urban Sci. 2021, 5(1), 12; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/urbansci5010012 - 22 Jan 2021
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Addressing the plastic problem requires rigorous attention and practical education for sustainability. Due to the common effective waste management practices in some parts of the world, the plastics’ menace is generally well recognized and controlled worldwide. However, some developing countries do not have [...] Read more.
Addressing the plastic problem requires rigorous attention and practical education for sustainability. Due to the common effective waste management practices in some parts of the world, the plastics’ menace is generally well recognized and controlled worldwide. However, some developing countries do not have acceptable waste management practices, resulting in significant environmental, social, and health cross-cutting issues. Plastic is a significant threat to the environment in Ghana, specifically the urban environment and oceans. The new paradigm shift of virtually using non-biodegradable plastics in all daily products sold increases plastic waste in the environment, which creates problems, such as choked drainage system and breeding places for insects. The scale of these issues requires innovative and practical ideas to help solve this problem. The paper shows how plastic waste is innovatively and creatively converted to artifacts and pavement blocks in Ghana. These innovative ideas have contributed to reduce the volume of plastic waste and enhance environmental sustainability in Africa. The community’s benefits involving friendly environmental activities are identified and represent learning cases from Ghana to the world, particularly to Africa. Full article
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