Global Development Research Center
Smart Cities Research Initiative (SIRI)
Enabling technology to create
resposnive, inclusive, efficient and sustainable cities


The Smart Cities Research Initiative (SIRI) is a project of the GDRC Programmes of Urban Governance and ICTs for Development. It looks at smart cities and the constellations of stakeholders, policies and technologies that enable cities to be responsive, inclusive, efficient and sustainable. SIRI looks at four key technology dimensions that constitute smart cities - big data, cloud storage, artificial intelligence and virtual reality - that bring together ubiquitous and personal information to enable data collection, access, analysis and presentation. SIRI specifically focsses on local governments and the urban policy dimensions of smart cities.


GDRC Smart Cities Framework


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