Tutorial 1 - Nuno Lopes

Smart Governance for Smart Cities  

Abstract: According to Giffinger [1], aspects related to political participation, public services, and administration should be ruled under a Smart Governance model, and according to Scholl [2],  Smart Governance should be seen as a strand of electronic governance. Smart Governance deals with all the complexity related to supporting a city, region or a nation governance towards a smart city, region or nation, with suitable technologies, information systems, human and financial resources, policies, laws, regulations, norms and best practices [3][4]. Thus, it is not surprising that they are being used all over the world to address the emerging urbanization challenges and to achieve the Global Sustainable Development Goals stated in the United Nations Agenda 2030 [5]. This tutorial attempts to provide an important contribution to these questions: 1) “What sort of Smart Governance models are being implemented in smart initiatives?”; 2) “Which methodologies are being used to have a Smart Governance?”; 3) “Which sort of indicators can be used to measure Smart Governance performance” and 4) “How Smart Governance can be implemented?”.  The outline of the tutorial is organized in order to answer these questions, which are substantiated by a thorough study conducted by the UNU-EGOV team on smart cities [6]. The study claims that advanced technologies, innovation, and smart governance are essential prerequisites for developing smart, creative, innovative and sustainable cities, regions and countries. However, given the diversity of contexts (e.g. economic, cultural, social, political, organizational, technological, etc.), challenges (e.g. political, governmental, social, cultural, technical, etc.), risks (e.g. organizational, technical, human capacity, etc.) and goals (e.g. economic development, environmental sustainability, quality of life, etc.) is not an easily task to find suitable solutions even with a Smart Governance model behind. For addressing this issue, a context-specific framework for smart initiatives will be explored [6].



Key Topics

Training Tools

Estimated Time

Learning Check

Smart Governance






09:00 – 09:30




Exemplification with cases

Cases comparison (Strengths/ Weakness)


09:30 - 10:00




Exemplification with cases

Cases comparison (Strengths/ Weakness)


10:00 – 10:30



Coffee Break:  10:30 – 11:00


Smart Vision




11:00 – 11:30




Framework applicability

Discussion of results


Template for cases

11:30 – 12:30

Discussion Groups






















[1]    D. M. Ni and R. H. Liu, “Study on the Enlightenment from EU Smart City Evaluation System,” Appl. Mech. Mater., vol. 641–642, pp. 624–628, Sep. 2014.

[2]    H. J. Scholl and M. C. Scholl, “Smart Governance: A Roadmap for Research and Practice,” in Proceedings of the 9th iConference, 2014, pp. 163–176.

[3]    H. Chourabi, T. Nam, S. Walker, J. R. Gil-Garcia, S. Mellouli, K. Nahon, T. A. Pardo, and H. J. Scholl, “Understanding Smart Cities: An Integrative Framework,” in Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-45), 2012, pp. 2289–2297.

[4]    Jennifer Belissent, “The Key To Being A Smart City Is Good Governance: ‘Smart Governance’ | Forrester Blogs,” 2011. [Online]. Available: http://blogs.forrester.com/jennifer_belissent_phd/11-05-15-the_key_to_be.... [Accessed: 16-Feb-2017].

[5]    T. G. Assembly, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - draft,” 2015.

[6]    E. Estevez, N. Lopes, and T. Janowski, “Smart Cities for Sustainable Development - Reconnaisance Study,” 2015.



Nuno Vasco Lopes is graduated in Electrical Engineering by the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in 1998, and obtained an MSc Degree in Telematics at the University of Vigo in 2003, a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Minho in 2011 and a Post-Doc in Computer Science at the University of Coimbra in 2013. He is a professor at public and private universities since 1998 and he is currently working at the University of Minho and at the United Nations University. His current research interests are Smart Cities, Mobile Networks, Quality of Service, Real-Time Services, Vehicular Networks, Nano-Communication and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Member of the IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society, Editor-in-Chief of the ACEEE (Ass. Computer Electronics and Electrical Engineers) International Journal of Communication, and Guest Editor in a Special Issue about Cloud Computing and Internet of Things in the Cluster Computing Journal, the Journal of Networks, Software Tools and Applications. Nuno Vasco Lopes is a researcher at the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) and a professor on a part-time basis at the University of Minho. Currently, he holds two Postdoctoral positions. One on Computer Science at the University of Coimbra and other on Electronic Governance at the United Nations University. Since 1998 he has been teaching several courses in the areas of computer science and mathematics in different public, private, national and international universities. During his working life, he has been involved in several national, European and international projects, such as Electronic Governance for Context-Specific Public Service Delivery, Knowledge Society Policy Handbook, Policy Monitoring on Digital Technology for Inclusive Education, Intelligent Computing for Internet and Services, Internet of Things for Disabled People, Smart Defence and Smart Cities for Sustainable Development. He also delivers on a regular basis professional courses, seminars, and workshops on ICT, e-learning, computer networks, cybersecurity, smart cities, amongst others.


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