3/2018 Smart Cities and Digitized Urban Management

Published : 04.08.2016 | Categories: Call For Papers

Special Issue:

The Smart City concept stands at the confluence of several global technological, socioeconomic, and environmental megatrends. On the technological front, Big Data, analytics, block chain, and the Internet of Things enable an ever more interconnected network of people, services, and infrastructures. On the socioeconomic front, urbanization drives people to the cities in search for a better life, demographic developments alter the very structures of society, and a new wave of migration uproots people and recombines social and cultural backgrounds of populations around the globe. Finally, from an environmental perspective, climate change and pollution make entire stretches of land uninhabitable, endanger coastal areas on every continent, and are a widespread cause of unrest and strife.

Cities are where these trends meet, being the cause of and solution to many of the associated challenges. Cities are responsible for most of the emissions heating the planet, but they are also the places where people turn to and move to, where even small adjustments can have tremendous impact. This is particularly relevant for some individual cities (e.g., in Asia) that show a tendency to grow together towards enormous metro-regions with unprecedented sustainability challenges. Simultaneously, the interaction and integration of smart cities with their outskirts as well as more rural “satellites” becomes a pressing issue.

Using information systems to improve all of the facets of urban life is the core of the Smart City paradigm. Therefore, this special issue seeks high-quality theoretical, empirical, and design-oriented contributions that outline and demonstrate how IS research can affect and improve urban socio-technical systems and address the issues outlined previously. As the topic is inherently transdisciplinary, we are particularly looking for manuscripts that seek to have an impact within and outside the IS discipline.

All defining aspects of “smart cities” such as transport, energy, waste, buildings, living, government, economy, and people are of interest.  Relevant topic areas include, but are not limited to:

    • Information systems for intergenerational collaboration in urban quarters
    • Sharing economy and resource efficiency
    • Energy informatics and urban smart grids
    • Emergency response and climate change action
    • Information technology for coastal management and protection
    • E-government initiatives for local inclusion in smart city quarters
    • Urban, inter-urban and urban-rural intermodal mobility and smart transportation
    • IS-induced business model innovation for smart cities
    • IS-enabled citizen acceptance and user-participation/community-sourcing in smart city concepts
    • Migration and cultural inclusion
    • Open data and local governments


Publication of CFP: 6/2016
Paper submission due: 15 Jul 2017
Notification of authors: 02 Sep 2017
Completion of a first revision: 28 Oct 2017
Notification of authors: 16 Dec 2017
Completion of a second revision: 20 Jan 2018
Editorial Deadline: 15 Feb 2018
Planned Publication Date: June 2018


Dr. Tobias Brandt (coordinating)
Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
PO Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Prof. Wolfgang Ketter, Ph.D.
Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
PO Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Lutz M. Kolbe
Chair for Information Management
University of Göttingen
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
Göttingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Dirk Neumann
Chair for Information Systems Research
University of Freiburg
Platz der Alten Synagoge
79098 Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Richard T. Watson
Department of Management Information Systems
Terry College
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6273, USA