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"Smart Cities" passionate researcher, PhD student at the University of Birmingham. Proud of my China 4 year experience working as an Architect, where I experienced fast development and really spicy food.

Smart cities better defined by new research

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified a handful of key elements that define ‘smart cities’– cities like Singapore and Copenhagen, which are both at the top of their game in using technology to enable their citizens to enjoy a better quality of life, but in different ways.

Singapore’s vision focusses on developing the ‘smartness’ of its people in using technology, such as wireless communications and energy-efficient appliances or vehicles. This helps people to reduce the need to move or, if necessary, do so more cleanly.

In contrast, Copenhagen’s strategy centres on engaging people, companies and government to create  a ‘green’ economy, as well as ensuring that urban planning allows the city to grow in a way that creates an improving quality of life.

Both cities were used as case studies in the research, which investigates whether smart cities are realising their potential for lower carbon dioxide emissions and is being carried out by a team from the University’s Department of Civil Engineering.

They demonstrate that a smart city can be defined by a vision that includes five key factors: digital technology; environmental sustainability; civic initiatives; mobility; and business. The team discovered that over 70 per cent of activity contributing to a smart city occurred in the first three of these areas.

They have published an online paper into their research – ‘Do smart cities realise their potential for lower carbon dioxide emissions’ – with the Institution of Civil Engineers

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Smart Cities skype session “Liveable Cities” University of Birmingham

Liveable Cities Skype 7

Dear All,

as part of the “Liveable Cities” research program at the University of Birmingham, we are holding a skype session where I will present some of my PhD research findings on “Smart Cities” for discussion with various stakeholders. There are limited places, yet a few still available for anyone who would like to take part in the discussion. Please email me at or put your details here :

Thank you,

Kind regards

Marianna Cavada

PhD student ‘Smart Cities’

School of Civil Engineering

University of Birmingham

+44 (0) 121 414 3544

+44 (0) 7732 925499

Smart Cities / SmartBrum

“Smart Cities” survey

I have experienced love at first sight with Smart Cities. For the past 18 months into the research I have read, searched and analysed most of the published material on Smartness. I feel strong that Smart Cities are and should be about People. I am at the stage of experiencing directly what others think about Smart Cities, through an online survey and interviews.

I am also working on a tool, that will be accessible, transparent and changing according to what people need to make their city Smart or Smart-er. The results of the surveys and interviews will be a good addition for the Smart Cities tool. For this purpose I need people that are also excited about their own initiative, those that are involved in local start-ups at the city of Birmingham to tell me (by completing the survey) what they think and most importantly, what they want Smart Cities to be.

After the survey is completed, I will analyse the results and adjust the Smart Cities tool. This will be my PhD thesis, aimed to share the outcomes for Smart(er) Birmingham. Please see below the ethical approval text from the University Of Birmingham. Also, please find our contact details, in case you would like to find out a bit more!

I am a PhD student, at the University of Birmingham, conducting a study examining Smart Cities in order to develop a resilient assessment framework, working along my supervisors, Professor Chris Rogers and Dr Dexter Hunt. The research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and is part of a larger research program, Liveable Cities (

Survey :

I am interested in your opinions on the matter and you have been selected to take part to this survey because of your (profession, knowledge, interest) to the subject of Smart cities. The questionnaire is a 17 questions survey, divided in themes and takes about five minutes to complete. The results are confidential and anonymous (please do not include your name) and will be published in my PhD thesis (completion date February 2017). Your participation will contribute to a better understanding of the Smart cities context and resilient assessment framework, with Birmingham as a case study.

If you have any questions about the research project or require further information you may contact one of my supervisors or me:

Supervisor: Professor Rogers ( Principal Investigator Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 5066 Email School of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT

Supervisor: Dr Dexter Hunt ( Researcher Co-investigator University of Birmingham Telephone +44 (0) 0121 414 3544 School of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT

Student Researcher: Marianna Cavada ( PhD student University of Birmingham Telephone +44 (0) 7732 925499 School of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT

If you agree to participate, click on the following link . I would very much appreciate your prompt response

Kind regards

Marianna Cavada PhD student “Smart Cities” School of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham +44 (0) 121 414 3544 +44 (0) 7732 925499