A conceptual multidimensional model for assessing smart sustainable cities

Sukaina Al-Nasrawi, Carl Jeffrey Adams, Ali El-Zaart

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The concept of Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC) is gaining increasing attention by the countries around the globe, particularly in response to potential future environmental challenges and increased proportion of populations living in cities. Several countries claim to have implemented or in the process of implementing SSCs, and there are many models that can be used to measure how 'smart' the initiatives and cities are. This paper critically evaluates the main models to measure city smartness and identifies deficiencies, namely that they are not sensitive to the needs, resources, priorities and wider context for individual cities. The paper suggests a multidimensional methodological model that assists in evaluating the smartness level of a city while being sensitive to its context. It provides further contribution by combining sustainable and smart attributes of a city.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-558
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Information Systems and Technology Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


  • Smart sustainable city
  • indicators
  • smartness
  • measurement
  • ICT


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