Smart City as a Living Vision. Comparing Public Governance Arrangements among three EU Smart Cities

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • Jubilee Fund of the City of Vienna for the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Duration Sept. 1, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2017

  • Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)


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  • Asara, Viviana (Former researcher) Project Head
  • Exner, Andreas (Former researcher)
  • Weinzierl, Carla (Former researcher)

Abstract (English)

Our project aims at improving the implementation of Vienna¿s Smart City Strategy as an encompassing set of guidelines and a vision including many different actors. To this end, we will assess the relevance of the Smart City concept within public debate and governance. This will be done by analyzing the urban development discourse in Vienna since 2005 and Vienna's public governance arrangement concerning Smart City, with a special focus on selected policy issues. Vienna will be compared to Berlin, a prime competitor of Vienna not least as Smart City, and Barcelona, the ¿Global Smart City 2015¿. Thus, we want to elucidate: (1) the relevance of the Smart City concept (by qualitative and quantitative means) and the diverse articulations of its meaning by public administration and the public sector as well as other relevant agents; (2) how varying interpretations of Smart City are concretized in diverse policies in different city contexts, with a special consideration of the topics of citizens' participation and urban agriculture; (3) and how to secure or increase the ownership of the Smart City framework by a broad set of agents relevant for urban development in Vienna .


Research report, expert opinion

2017 Exner, Andreas, Cepoiu, Livia, Weinzierl, Carla, Asara, Viviana. 2017. Performing Smartness Differently. Strategic Enactments of a Global Imaginary in Three European Cities . Vienna:Vienna University of Economics and Business. (Details)


  • 5425 Environmental sociology (Details)
  • 5610 Urban development planning (Details)