Smart Cities Movement in BRICS

Smart Cities Movement in BRICS


Part of the GP-ORF series, Smart Cities Movement in BRICS, edited by Rumi Aijaz, documents the experiences of BRICS trying to make their cities smart and liveable.

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.

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Editor’s Note

1. Policy Recommendations for Making Smart Cities
Rumi Aijaz

Policy and Governance

2. China Smart City Pilot and Financing
Jijun Chen

3. Urban Development in Brazil and the Challenge of Building Smart Cities
Ana Paula Bruno

4. China’s Experience with Smart Cities
Zhenqiang Xu

5. LIVED Shanghai and the Development of Chinese Smart City
Yang Li

Governance Research Methods
6. The Digital Life of Key Russian Cities: Current State and Dynamics
Vladimir Korovkin

7. 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

8. 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

9. Drivers of Urban Regeneration and Human Resources in Brazilian Cities
Daniel Da Mata

Augmenting Financial Resources

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

Facilitating People’s Participation

11. Public Engagement in Governance
Kedibone Phago

12. Smart City of Moscow: Human and Finance Resource Mobilisation
Andrey Belozerov

Guaranteeing Public Safety

13. Community Policing and Internet Activism in Rio de Janeiro
Rute Imanishi Rodrigues

14. Exploring Security Options for Women in Smart Cities: A Multi-pronged Approach
Kanchan Gandhi

Improving Access to Public Services

15. 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

16. The ‘Vale-Transporte’ Policy: Transport Financing for Low-income Workers in Brazil
Carlos Henrique Ribeiro de Carvalho

Maintaining Environmental Sustainability

17. Biophilic Cities: Planning for Sustainable and Smart Urban Environments
Alessio Russo and Giuseppe T. Cirella

18. International Friendship Park as a Symbol of Good Neighbourly Relations
Alexey V. Parnyakov and Valery A. Savostenko

About the Authors

Conference Participants




Citation: Aijaz, R. 2017. Smart Cities Movement in BRICS. London: Global Policy and Observer Research Foundation.