SMART SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES? INFRASTRUCTURAL TRANSITIONS AND HEALTH IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Keywords:smart cities, urban futures, sustainable development, socio-eco-technical systems, transdisciplinarity
Background: Smart city approaches hold the promise of technology-based opportunities to build sustainable - and therefore healthy - urban futures. However, current market-led approaches are not designed with sustainable development in mind. They can have damaging impact on society and the environment.
Aim: To show that the advantages offered by smart technology can and should be used in development, but that this should build on an advanced understanding of interlinked socio-eco-technical systems and the transdisciplinary collaboration of actors across domains and borders.
Methods: Case studies of infrastructural transitions and their health and sustainability outcomes in China, India and Brazil (see www.susinfra.com).
Results: Complexity science can support development of innovative theoretical, methodological and applied approaches.
Conclusion(s): Smart city approaches may lead to better socio-eco-technical outcomes, particularly in times of global environmental crisis.
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