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Lunch Seminar: Inside Smart Cities

The era of the smart city has arrived! Information and communication technologies are changing urban development in multiple ways through projects, programmes and platforms. However, the smart city is interpreted in different ways all over the world and many challenges are connected to it.

The book Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation presents multiple examples of how the smart city is being realised today. ArkDes and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology welcome you to a book launch and roundtable discussion about the promise and pitfalls of rapid technological change.


12.00 Lunch and mingle
12.30 Welcome: Linda Kummel, Strategist at ArkDes

Introduction – Andy Karvonen, editor

Presentations and panel discussion

Smart urbanism vs. Frankenstein urbanism in Hong Kong
Federico Cugurullo

Innovation for an ageing population, experiences from Japanese cities
Gregory Trencher

Realising smart and sustainable Stockholm
Sofie Pandis Iveroth

Making smart cities in Sweden
Olga Kordas

Moderator: Andrew Karvonen

Andrew Karvonen is Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies in the Division of Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. His research addresses the politics and practice of sustainable urban development with a particular focus on the cultural and social dimensions of urban technologies.

Gregory Trencher is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Tohoku University in Japan. His research covers diverse topics, including smart cities across Japan as well as energy agendas such as the political economy driving continued coal dependence in Japan and innovation efforts to transition towards a hydrogen society.

Sofie Pandis Iveroth works at the Municipality of Stockholm, building capacity for innovation and smart urban development with a focus on sustainability. In her doctoral research, she studied the challenges and possibilities of implementing new technologies in Hammarby Sjöstad and today, she applies these insights to other projects in the city

Federico Cugurullo is Assistant Professor of Smart and Sustainable Urbanism at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research is positioned at the intersection of urban geography, political philosophy and experimental urbanism, and explores how ideas of sustainability are cultivated and implemented across geographical spaces, with a focus on projects for eco-cities and smart cities.

Olga Kordas is Director of KTH Energy Platform, responsible for facilitating interdisciplinary energy research at KTH and creating collaboration with industry, local authorities and other societal stakeholders in Sweden and internationally. She is also director of the strategic innovation programme Viable Cities, funded by the government with the ambition to strengthen Sweden’s position within the field of smart, sustainable urban development.

In Auditoriet. The seminar is in English and ends at 14.00.


Thursday 27 September