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Smart City Observatory

What makes a city liveable and smart?

Smart City Observatory

What makes a city liveable and smart?

Smart City Index 2024

IMD produces a yearly Smart City Index offering a balanced focus on economic and technological aspects of smart cities on the one hand, and “humane dimensions” of smart cities (quality of life, environment, and inclusiveness) on the other. For the last two years, it has benefitted from a partnership with the Seoul-based World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO).

In this fifth edition, readers can draw upon reliable time series (across five years) to make meaningful comparisons between the performance of specific cities across time.

With citizens surveyed and data collected in 142 cities across the world since 2019, the index is well on its way to becoming an internationally recognized tool for action for policymakers and attracting global media attention. In parallel, case studies have been written by the center’s researchers on different types of smart cities, to illustrate various stages of development and diverse experiences in each, with the purpose of showing the relevance of the index to the real world.

From these case studies, two books have been published: ‘Cities in a Time of Global Emergencies’ and ‘Sixteen Shades of Smart’, which was awarded the bronze medal in the Business Intelligence/Innovation category at the Axiom Book Awards. A third volume – ‘Prosperous and Inclusive Cities’ – will be published in spring 2024.

Meet the team
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Professor Arturo Bris
Professor of Finance, Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center

An author and in-demand speaker, Arturo Bris (www.arturobris.org) ranks among the top 100 most read finance academics in the world. His research and consulting activities focus on the international aspects of financial regulation, and in particular on the effects of bankruptcy, short sales, insider trading, and merger laws.

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Bruno Lanvin
President of the Smart City Observatory at IMD

Bruno Lanvin has been the President of the Smart City Observatory since its creation in 2018. He is known worldwide for his pioneering work in creating and co-leading some of the most highly praised global indices in the areas of information technology, innovation, and talent.

Asian and European cities inspirational for improving urban quality of life

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To make tomorrow’s cities green, digital, and human-centric we need to give more attention to talent strategies, education, and openness across trade, investment, and exchanges of experiences. In that context, combining inclusion and digitalization will remain a challenge for all kinds of cities.

Bruno Lanvin President of the IMD Smart City Observatory

Cities in a Time of Global Emergencies

Edited by Professor Arturo Bris, Christos Cabolis, Chan Heng Chee, and Bruno Lanvin.

This is the second volume of smart cities case studies published as a companion to the IMD-SUTD Smart City Index. It follows the award-winning ‘Sixteen Shades of Smart’, released in 2019.

The ten case studies contained in ‘Cities in a time of global emergencies’ describe and analyze the experience and strategies of smart cities from Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Some of them are just starting their smart city journey, while others have already gone through several versions of their strategy to respond to their citizens’ needs by becoming even smarter. The comparison of the approaches taken is a source of factual knowledge about the possible future of smart cities and casts a new light on what their options might be in the face of today’s and tomorrow’s emergencies.

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Sixteen shades of Smart: How cities can shape their own future

Smart cities are a fast-growing species, and a fascinating field for new experiments in a number of critical areas, ranging from urban planning, sustainable energy, and transport strategies to social integration and talent attraction, to name a few. As leaders and citizens around the world continue to assess, design, implement and improve on ways to create better cities, they often find themselves confronted with a multitude of decisions and a wide range of partial solutions to specific problems such as traffic congestion, waste management and crime.

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It includes 16 case studies, produced by the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at SUTD (covering Asia and the Pacific) and the IMD World Competitiveness Center (covering other parts of the world). Producing these studies has yielded important lessons about how to enhance the value and uniqueness of our smart city index, as well as precious insights on how our two institutions can work together in a very synergistic way to produce unique insights.

Sixteen shades of Smart has been awarded the bronze medal in the Business Intelligence/Innovation category at the Axiom Book Awards.