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Smart Cities in Europe: Home

A beginner's introduction to European smart cities research.

What are smart cities?

Smart Cities

From the European Commission:  A smart city is "a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitant and businesses."

Smart cities research incorporates a variety of perspectives and disciplines such as sociology, environmental science, engineering, international and area studies, political science, and more.  This guide will focus primarily on larger-scale culturalsociological, political, etc. perspectives on smart cities - for technical engineering or environmental research, please visit Grainger Engineering Library, Funk (ACES) Library, or one of the guides linked below.


Internet of Things

Smart cities rely on the "Internet of Things" (IoT) which describes physical objects (e.g. lights, meters, etc.) operating in a network via the Internet to automatically collect data and improve quality of life.  Visit Encyclopedia Britannica for an introduction.

Organizations & Web Resources


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European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC)

A key initiative in advancing smart cities in Europe is the European Commission's European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).  The EIP-SCC brings together cities, industry and small business, banks, research, and more to "improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions and addresses city-specific challenges from different policy areas such as energy, mobility and transport, and ICT."

More information about current activities related to this partnership can be found on the Smart Cities Marketplace.

Data & Statistics

Finding Conference Proceedings

Research and other discussions on smart cities move quickly.  In addition to books and article databases, you can also find current literature by searching for recent conference proceedings on related topics.

To start, explore the library's guide to finding conference proceedings.  You can also explore the resources below: