(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Smart cities and green growth : outsourcing democratic and environmental resilience to the global technology sector

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Centre for Urban Policy Studies, School of Environment and Development, Univ., Manchester, ROYAUME-UNI


This article examines smart cities and green growth though outsourcing democratic and environmental resilience to the global technology sector. Based on evidence from the cities of Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow, it is argued that the strategies is to expand the market for new technology products and services to support ‘green growth’ with disregard for their wider impacts. It also explains that city systems become a digital marketplace where citizen-consumers’ participation is increasingly involuntary and the hegemony of global technology firms is inflated. What follows is that the city’s ‘intelligent systems’ are defined through a digital consumer experience that has inherent biases and leaves parts of the city and its population unaccounted for.


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no4 [pp. 803-819]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/a46242

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