The Future Of Smart Cities In A Climate Neutral Scenario

Track 3 – Special session

Friday, 22nd July 2022 from 9:00 to 11:00 | Seminar room 4

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Organisers: Monica Bernardi (University of Milan-Bicocca), Luca Bottini (University of Milan-Bicocca)

Keywords: Urban sustainability, Sustainable Smart City, Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Urban Regeneration, Climate Neutral Smart City

Potential journal publication: Fuori Luogo. Rivista di sociologia del territorio, turismo e tecnologia – Federico II University Press


Cities have been facing the greatest challenge of their whole lifecycle: choosing their own destiny. Today, the “smart city” paradigm is being put to its time of trial. The theoretical framework that has guided reflections on the smart city so far should be the solid base to build up new courageous policies that lead cities into a new, more equitable and sustainable future, considering also the climate neutrality goal posed by the European Green Deal.

Cities concentrate major populations, opportunities, infrastructure, services and R&D facilities. At the same time, however, cities are the main contributors to climate change, as much of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere comes from them. Despite this, it is from the city that the change of course and the development of new sustainability solutions must necessarily start. Today it is essential to rethink urban policies in terms of mobility, quality and availability of public green and sustainable urban regeneration for the whole community with a fair and just approach. The scenario in which cities move today is very complex and it is crucial to implement local policies that steer cities towards a different future.

This session will welcome contributions from researchers, practitioners and policy makers who will show scenarios, case studies and practices useful to provide concrete elements, possibly data-driven, to address sustainable environmental and social development policies for future cities.


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  • 576 Caiello, Simone – Future Sustainable Mobilities: Theory, Research and Policies
  • 588 Rimondi, Tommaso and Landi, Alessandra – Investigating the urban texture. Neighbourhood frame for socio.ecological innovation
  • 609 Bernardi, Monica – Beyond Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities: reflections on strategies and governance models