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Elsevier’s New Smart Cities Book Series Launched

By: , Posted on: November 1, 2017

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Smart Cities

According to the United Nations, 60% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2030. This figure is forecast to be 70% by 2050 and by the end of the century, it is predicted to reach 80%. Today, some of the developed nations have exceeded this. For instance, in Australia and the UK, well over 80% of the population are already living in urban areas.

This is why the 21st century is referred to as the century of cities and characterised by the search for technology-driven innovations, which are smart in meeting the global challenges that urbanisation pose. While a number of scholars raise concerns about the ability of smart cities to meet global challenges as diverse as climate change and deploy adaptation strategies resilient enough to secure future energy, food and water quotas, many governments – at local, regional, national, and inter-national levels – continue to put trust in the prospect of cities being smart enough to do just this.

It is the prospect of cities being smart enough to meet such diverse challenges, which this book series proposes to address by publishing texts that capture, study and reveal the disciplinary and sectoral constitution of smart cities. In particular, the diverse constitution of smart cities as ecosystems, which integrate the multitude of technological-innovations that evolve from the information and communication system known as the Internet. More specifically, those information and communication technologies that underpin the digital platforms, which smart cities assemble for the Internet to support an urban future that is resilient in securing access to those resources, which governments all around the world now see as vital for sustaining development in the 21st century.

About the Series

Launched on the 19th of September 2017, the book series proposes to publish a collection of insights into the diverse constitution of smart cities. In collecting these insights, the series shall publish research, which is methodical in improving both the theory and practice of smart cities and that is also capable of transferring the knowledge acquired to scholars, policymakers and practitioners alike.

The collection of insights the book series proposes to publish shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Theoretical underpinnings and supporting methodological approaches;
  • Ecosystems, resilience and climate change adaptation
  • Human, institutional and machine driven-intelligence;
  • Urban informatics;
  • The Internet, digital platforms, cloud-computing and IoT;
  • Big data and crowdsourcing;
  • Smart-grids;
  • Infrastructure provision;
  • Energy, food and water security, waste management and intelligent transport systems;
  • Health and education services;
  • Planning and design of user-centric services;
  • Urban resilience;
  • Sustainable social, environmental and economic developments;
  • Governance of global challenges, changing securities and inequalities;
  • Future prospects, implications and impacts.

Championing interdisciplinary perspectives

Championing interdisciplinary perspectives, the book series calls for theoretically informed and practically oriented contributions. In this way the series shall offer the opportunity for readers to understand smart cities as a holistic compilation of ‘theoretical expansions’, ‘practice reviews’ and ‘future directions’. Theoretical expansions’, ‘practice reviews’ and ‘future directions’ that shall offer the type of insights which scholars, policymakers and practitioners need in order to know how resilient smart cities are in securing the resources needed to sustain urban development in the 21st century.

Publishing original research

The book series will publish original research on the following topics: smart cities; smart communities; smart buildings; smart infrastructures, smart streets, smart precincts; smart districts; smart services; smart climate; smart living; smart mobility; smart environment; smart economy; smart governance; smart specialisation; smart urban technologies; smart health; smart education; cloud computing; internet-of-things; big data; IoT; new science of cities; urban informatics; data analytics; digital cities; creative cities; intelligent cities; intelligent environments; innovation; social innovation; user-driven innovation; cyber-physical systems of innovation; sustainability; sustainable urban development; zero carbon settlements; climate neutral developments.

About the Editors

The editors of the book series are:

Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Nicos Komninos,  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Mark Deakin,  Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Information for Prospective Authors

Content creation is a partnership process, and Elsevier is proud of our history of working with authors in a spirit of cooperative creativity to bring quality products to professional people and institutions of learning throughout the world. Your Elsevier editorial partners are skilled, highly trained professionals who have extensive knowledge of the market.

For prospective authors interested in publishing their work in this new series, please contact Senior Acquisitions Editor Brian Romer (

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