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Realising smart cities: Partnerships and economic development in the emergence and practices of smart in Newcastle, Australia

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter explores smart city roll-out in Newcastle, a regional centre in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales (NSW) which is rapidly becoming a showcase for smart urbanism in Australia. Using publicly available information on smart, alongside supplemental interviews, it sketches the type of smart city approach and initiatives that are taking hold in Newcastle, and explores the discrepancies between this and more abstract visions of the smart city. The chapter suggests that while Australian cities are broadly using smart as a way of retaining or driving economic growth and revitalisation, this is implemented in ways specific to each city’s specific needs. By demanding that smart solutions are tailored to the specific needs of their city and by retaining ownership of infrastructure, the analysis specifically suggests the need for nuance in interpretations of the corporate role in the smart city.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Dowling, R., McGuirk, P., & Maalsen, S. (2018). Realising smart cities: Partnerships and economic development in the emergence and practices of smart in Newcastle, Australia. In Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation (pp. 15-29). doi:10.4324/9781351166201-2

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780815348672

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85075157644

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation

Start Page


  • 15

End Page


  • 29

Abstract


  • This chapter explores smart city roll-out in Newcastle, a regional centre in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales (NSW) which is rapidly becoming a showcase for smart urbanism in Australia. Using publicly available information on smart, alongside supplemental interviews, it sketches the type of smart city approach and initiatives that are taking hold in Newcastle, and explores the discrepancies between this and more abstract visions of the smart city. The chapter suggests that while Australian cities are broadly using smart as a way of retaining or driving economic growth and revitalisation, this is implemented in ways specific to each city’s specific needs. By demanding that smart solutions are tailored to the specific needs of their city and by retaining ownership of infrastructure, the analysis specifically suggests the need for nuance in interpretations of the corporate role in the smart city.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Dowling, R., McGuirk, P., & Maalsen, S. (2018). Realising smart cities: Partnerships and economic development in the emergence and practices of smart in Newcastle, Australia. In Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation (pp. 15-29). doi:10.4324/9781351166201-2

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780815348672

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85075157644

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation

Start Page


  • 15

End Page


  • 29