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FROM SMART CITIES TO SMART CLUSTERS: RE-THINKING REGIONAL COLLABORATION & DEVELOPMENT


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

Overview:
The Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management seeks original manuscripts for a Special Issue titled “From Smart Cities to Smart Clusters: Re-Thinking Regional Collaboration & Development”, scheduled to appear in a late 2018 issue.

The increasing velocity of multilateral exchange and the growing complexity of international, inter-regional and inter-continental collaborative arrangements unfold in a context defined by spectacular technological advancements, ground-breaking shifts in politics worldwide, and an accompanying transformation of our societies. As the perception of time and space evolves, our conceptions of power, authority and influence erode gradually too. Interestingly, however, rather than leaving us in a limbo, they pave the way toward not only new forms of decision-making, but also new business models. The emerging forms of regional and subnational collaboration, for instance such as those prompted by the One Belt One Road initiative, as well as the growth and evolution of cities and urban areas, force a rethink of the role of the state and the central government as well as of the business sector. A reconsideration of the relationship between the state, international organizations, the business sector and civil society members is equally important in this context. As the imperative of promoting sustainable inclusive socio-economic growth and development is paramount, the objective of this Special Issue is to dwell on the big question of how to promote and foster the transformation of our societies and economies into sustainable smart learning ecosystems capable of ensuring well-being and prosperity for our societies.

In other words, this Special Issue puts in spotlight macro, mezzo and micro-level strategies, courses of action and policy instruments, and related ICTs’ enhanced tools and approaches conducive to the transformation of our societies. These include, for instance, policies, strategies and courses of action conducive to smart education, smart businesses, smart transportation networks, smart energy grids and networks, smart housing, smart government. What are the prospects of and how to encourage dialogue among the established and emerging actors and stakeholders operating at the macro-, mezzo-, micro-levels of the global ecosystem.

By putting together interdisciplinary, conceptually sound, practice influenced and practice-oriented insights from established scholars and practitioners, this Special Issue will communicate and disseminate the most recent advancements from the fields of sustainability, internet technology, computer engineering, business research and political science. By engaging the world-class group of researchers, scholars, and experts in dialogue, it will shed light on the role and the transformative potential of smart cities and will make a case for specific set of strategies and policies conducive to the transformation of smart cities into smart inclusive clusters of growth and development.

Topics
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following scope:

A number of key issues will be in the focus of this special issues
-    smart cities, smart regions research
-    clusters and their evolution
-    resilient cities and smart regions 
-    disruptive technologies for urban designs and systems.
-    networks
-    smart transportation
-    new business models and business models’ evolution
-    economic collaboration and development art regional level
-    multilateralism
-    policies, strategies, policy-instruments designed for the promotion of smart
-    safety and security concerns
-    knowledge networks and their enhancement
-    public space
-    multilateralism
-    trans-regional collaboration
-    well-being & social inclusion
-    case studies & applied research
-    Policy-recommendations
-    the role or Emerging (Virtual Reality, 3d Printing. Robotics, 5G networks, Internet of things, Cloud Computing, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence) and Streamline (Data warehouses, Sensors, Social Media, Intranets, Open source technologies) Technologies for Smart Cities and Smart Regions Research
-    Policy Making for Smart Cities in the context of international organizations (OECD, EU, V4, World Bank, UN)
-    Sustainability Research and Corporate Social Responsibility Programs


Manuscripts are sought that address the topics listed above and seek to make a direct connection between their policy-making, business and ICTs’ related aspects and therefore further our understanding and capacity to deal with the increasingly nuanced features of the global economy. Prospective authors are encouraged to build bridges between diverse aspects of the emerging reality in view of proposing ways of bypassing challenges and issues inherent in the fields of economics, computing, business, and policy-making. Novel approaches and sound technological solutions are encouraged.


Important Dates:

  • Manuscript submission deadline: February, 15, 2018
  • Notification of Decision: April, 20, 2018
  • Submission of final revised paper: May , 25 2018
  • Publication of special issue (tentative):  Mid Late 2018

Submission Procedure:
Authors should follow the Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management  Journal manuscript format described at the journal site: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jstpm

Manuscripts should be submitted on-line through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jstpm.  Please select “FROM SMART CITIES TO SMART CLUSTERS” under Manuscript Type dropdown in the Manuscript Central website. A copy of the manuscript should also be emailed to the following email: Miltiades.lytras@gmail.com ; avisvizi@gmail.com

Guest Editors

Anna Visvizi, PhD
Professor, DEREE College - The American College of Greece, Greece
Miltiadis D. Lytras, Ph.D.
Research Professor, DEREE - The American College of Greece, Greece
Ernesto Damiani, Ph.D.
Professor, EBTIC/Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE