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Smart cities movement in BRICS

Urbanisation creates as many opportunities for societies as it does a gamut of challenges. Globally, more and more nations are pondering the concept of a ‘smart city,’ and examining the suitability of applying so-called smart solutions to the multifaceted problems of cities. This publication documents the experiences of BRICS countries with specific methodologies and reform measures they have employed to make their cities smart and liveable. The papers cover a wide range of subjects, including policy and governance, research methods, financial resources, people’s participation, public safety, public services, and environmental sustainability. BRICS nations are home to nearly 40 percent of the world’s urban population. Timely interventions based on knowledge shared will be instrumental in achieving this ambitious goal of making cities smart.

  • Editor’s Note
  • Policy Recommendations for Making Smart Cities | Rumi Aijaz

Policy and Governance

  • China Smart City Pilot and Financing | Jijun Chen
  • Urban Development in Brazil and the Challenge of Building Smart Cities | Ana Paula Bruno
  • China’s Experience with Smart Cities | Zhenqiang Xu
  • LIVED Shanghai and the Development of Chinese Smart City | Yang Li

Governance Research Methods

  • The Digital Life of Key Russian Cities: Current State and Dynamics | Vladimir Korovkin
  • Technological Platforms for Intra-urban Planning and Social Participation in Public Policies: The Experiences of Human Development Atlas, Social Vulnerability Atlas and | Barbara Oliveira Marguti
  • Governance for Smart Cities: A Spatially-bounded Economic Agent-based Lab (SEAL) to Foster Urban Analysis and Policy Evaluation | Bernardo Alves Furtado, Isaque Daniel Rocha Eberhardt and Alexandre Messa
  • Drivers of Urban Regeneration and Human Resources in Brazilian Cities | Daniel da Mata

Augmenting Financial Resources

  • Financing Smart Cities in India | V.N. Alok and Ashutosh Vashist

Facilitating People’s Participation

  • Public Engagement in Governance | Kedibone Phago
  • Smart City of Moscow: Human and Finance Resource Mobilisation | Andrey Belozerov

Guaranteeing Public Safety

  • Community Policing and Internet Activism in Rio de Janeiro | Rute Imanishi Rodrigues
  • Exploring Security Options for Women in Smart Cities: A Multi-pronged Approach | Kanchan Gandhi

Improving Access to Public Services

  • Smart Facility Location Planning for Smart Cities: Using GIS Technology and Facility Provision Standards for Pro-active Planning of Social Facilities to Support Smart Growth | Cheri Green and Gerbrand Mans
  • The ‘Vale-Transporte’ Policy: Transport Financing for Low-income Workers in Brazil | Carlos Henrique Ribeiro de Carvalho

Maintaining Environmental Sustainability

  • Biophilic Cities: Planning for Sustainable and Smart Urban Environments | Alessio Russo and Giusseppe T. Cirella
  • International Friendship Park as a Symbol of Good Neighbourly Relations | Alexey V. Parnyakov and Valery A. Savostenko
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Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz is Senior Fellow at ORF where he is responsible for the conduct of the Urban Policy Research Initiative. He conceived and designed the ...

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