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Introduction to Smart Cities in Transition: Challenges of Participation in Urban Environments

Papangelis, K., Saker, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7414-2840, Leorke, D. , Lee, J. H. & Jones, C. (2022). Introduction to Smart Cities in Transition: Challenges of Participation in Urban Environments. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 39(2), pp. 283-285. doi: 10.1080/10447318.2021.2012385


Despite the many shortcomings of the “smart city” model of urban planning and city management, smart cities as both a technological infrastructure and a conceptual framework can be leveraged for change. This special issue contends that smart cities must be updated to account for a broader range of emerging and nascent technologies that are increasingly used to mediate daily life through play and participation. The articles in this issue focus on games and play as a means for both fulfilling the smart city’s desire to be participatory and responding to the city’s multifaceted inequalities. The case studies, examples and discussions in this issue provide a range of recommendations for how smart cities might be reimagined to tackle the various social, economic and environmental issues that are further exacerbated in a time of upheaval and crisis.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction on 27 Jan 2022, available at:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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