All three institutes have a strong academic track record and extensive experience with collaboration in international research projects.

This project consists of multidisciplinary collaboration between experienced urban scholars (Koster, Robertson, Geertman) and top-level e-government scholars (Meijer, Webster, Cunha, Diniz, Macadar, Francisco). This combination is needed to advance the debate about smart governance from a general notion – ICTs help to engage citizens – to a specific understanding of what approach to engage citizens with ICTs works for urban governance.

The link between urban scholars and e-government scholars is quite new – even within our own institutes – and this research team brings these fields together to generate a new theoretical and empirical understanding of eparticipation
in urban governance.

A comparative project into smart governance of sustainable cities has the great advantage of generating a thorough understanding of the role of institutional and cultural contexts. In this respect, the link between Europe and Latin America is of great importance and little explored in technology studies. The collaboration between researchers interested in technologies in governance will remain valuable in the future since technologies for engaging citizens are constantly evolving. The researchers will readily build upon the experience and the mutual understanding that is established through this project to develop strong international networks for ongoing comparative research.

Find a presentation of SmartGov’s researchers at the CRISP conference in Glasgow here.