Case studies: smart cities

Find out how cities are using data and technology for smarter policymaking in our case study library

Why be a smart city

UK cities need to provide public services more efficiently while at the same time supporting sustainable and long term economic growth. The best way to do so is by becoming ‘smart’. This generally means using new technologies and data to improve service delivery and address various economic, social and environmental challenges.

Cities can deliver a smart agenda by integrating economic development and public services delivery, focusing on projects that are practical, achievable and financially viable and consulting with citizens and businesses on their needs.

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Case studies

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Case study Policy aim Location Country Lead organisation(s)
1. Improving digital inclusion and access to open data Delivering efficient services using data London UK Greater London Authority
2. Creating an Innovation Health Hub Delivering efficient services using data Leeds UK Leeds City Council
3. Focusing on ‘people-centred’ initiatives Delivering efficient services using data Manchester UK Manchester Digital Development Agency
4. Creating a Smart City Roadmap with multiple actions Delivering efficient services using data Birmingham UK Digital Birmingham
5. Using data gathered from the city’s censored infrastructure Delivering efficient services using data Milton Keynes UK Open University
6. Using smart technology for reducing CO2 emissions Delivering efficient services using data Bristol UK Bristol City Council

Part of the Housing and Transport Case Studies Library