Towards smart sustainable cities: A review of the role digital citizen participation could play in advancing social sustainability

Islam Bouzguenda*, Chaham Alalouch, Nadia Fava

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Abstract

The notion of smart cities needs to be broadened beyond the fascination with technology to incorporate an approach that invests in the growth of human, social, and environmental capitals to generate ‘smart sustainable cities’. One of the most recent debates in this context is digital citizen participation. This study aimed to identify the potential role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in citizen participation as a major contributor towards ‘smart sustainable cities’. A systematic and exhaustive literature review, coupled with critical content analysis, was conducted. The focus was on a central research question: What kind of relationship is fostered in the literature between sustainability and digital citizen participation, and how can ICT contribute to social sustainability through digital citizen participation (DCP)? The results suggested a connection between smart sustainable cities and DCP. This article is concluded by emphasizing the role of ICT in citizen participation processes and its significant contribution to social sustainability and the creation of more-than-human smart cities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101627
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Community engagement
  • Digital citizen participation
  • ICT
  • Literature review
  • Smart cities
  • Social sustainability
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Transportation

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