Paving the way to smart sustainable cities: transformation models and challenges

Maysoun Ibrahim, Ali El-Zaart, Carl Jeffrey Adams

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Rapid urbanization and globalization make the move toward Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC) a must. Achieving successful transformation towards SSCs constitutes a significant challenge for policy makers. One area that is not well covered in the literature is the application of SSCs in specific regions, such as the Arab region. This paper draws upon examples of SSCs initiatives and existing SSC transformation frameworks to more fully articulate the challenges of achieving successful SSC projects across the Arab region. One of the interesting emergent themes is the emergence of two main approaches to SSCs transformation, Brownfield and Greenfield approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-576
JournalJournal of Information Systems and Technology Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Smart Sustainable City, transformation framework, Arab region, challenges, development.


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