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International Practices of Smart Development

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Edited By Robertas Jucevicius, Jurgita Bruneckiene and Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg

Smart people make a smart city. This volume presents a collection of papers on the concept of smartness, smart development and the international practices in the field. There are five key topic areas: the conceptual, smart economy, smart specialisation, smart city and public governance. The concept of a smart social system is grounded on comparative analysis of competing concepts such as intelligence, knowledge driven, digital, learning, networked, innovative, agile and sustainable.
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Jurgita Bruneckiene & Julia Lopez Ventura - Building Smart Economy: Barcelona Case

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Jurgita Bruneckiene

School of Economics and Business Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Julia Lopez Ventura

Barcelona City Council Barcelona, Spain

Building Smart Economy: Barcelona Case

Introduction

In modern scientific articles and various strategic documents the concepts of Smart City, Smart Economy, Smart Growth and various initiatives related to the practical implementation of these concepts are increasingly emphasised. For example, the EU’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth Europe 2020 (2010) puts forward that the three mutually reinforcing priorities, one of which is Smart Growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation; Lithuania’s Progress Strategy ‘Lithuania 2030’ (2010) identifies three key areas of progress: Smart Society, Smart Economy and Smart Governance. In 2008, the government of Ireland published its blueprint for sustainable economic renewal, Building Ireland’s Smart Economy, which contains a list of smart (ICT-based) actions in the context of a low-carbon economy. Various practical incentives to make cities smarter are implemented. For example, in 2012 the European Commission initiated the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities that bring together European cities, industry leaders, and representatives of civil society to smarten up Europe’s urban areas. From 2007, a policy initiative of the European Commission developed jointly with the European Investment Bank and in collaboration with the Council of Europe Development Bank support integrated, sustainable urban-renewal projects through Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA).

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