The Smart City Institute is proud to announce the publication of a new scientific paper written by Jonathan Desdemoustier, in collaboration with Prof. Nathalie Crutzen (Academic Director of the SCI) and Prof. Rudolf Giffinger (renowned expert in analytical research on urban and regional development at the Vienna University of Technology and originator of the Smart City 6 dimensions theory).

Executive Summary

 On the basis of several data of the Belgian Barometer of the Smart City 2017 (Smart City Institute), this article studies the Belgian municipalities’ understanding of the notion of the Smart City. It emerges from this analysis that the municipalities are developing 4 conceptions of Smart City: technological, societal, global and non-existent. The study highlights a dichotomy of understanding and acceptance of the concept between peripheral municipalities (rural and small) and central municipalities (urban, medium and large).