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Exploring the Big Picture of Smart City Research

Komninos, Nicos; Mora, Luca


Nicos Komninos


This paper analyses the big picture of the smart city research field by means of a bibliometric analysis of the literature on smart cities produced between 1992 and 2012. The findings show that this new field of scientific inquiry has started to grow significantly only in recent years, mainly thanks to European universities and US companies. Its intellectual structure is complex and lacks cohesion due to the infinite possible combinations among the building blocks and components characterising the smart city concept. However, despite this complexity, the bibliometric analysis made it possible to identify three structural axes that traverse the literature, capture the main research perspectives, and reveal some key aspects of this new city planning and development paradigm.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Publication Date 2018-02
Deposit Date Oct 17, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 18, 2017
Journal Scienze Regionali-The Italian Journal of Regional Science
Print ISSN 1720-3929
Publisher Regional Science Association International
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Pages 15-38
Keywords smart city research; urban studies; bibliometric analysis; intellectual structure
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Contract Date Oct 17, 2017


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