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How Public Involvement Shapes Smart Public Transportation Projects

Dezimbalka, Lea (2021) How Public Involvement Shapes Smart Public Transportation Projects.

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Abstract:The smart city concept goes beyond its technological aspect by being an extremely citizen-centred concept. An important sub-field of smart city is smart mobility and, although, the goals of smart technology in public transportation planning are straight forward, smart mobility concepts around the globe differ. Therefore, the present bachelor thesis studies the relation between public involvement in urban planning and the differences of smart public transportation projects in between cities. As theoretical grounds for this research, the idea of public involvement is conceptualized. Additionally, three similar models of the typology of public involvement are introduced. As these models miss the inclusion of e-participation, the thesis further studies the applicability of such conventional models with regard to public involvement in smart cities. To empirically study the research goals, a comparative case study of three smart cities has been conducted. While some differences of the characteristics of smart public transportation projects relate to the distinctiveness of public involvement, other differences in smart public transportation projects cannot be explained by differences in public involvement. Further, the research found that conventional models of public involvement, although missing e-participation involvement mechanisms, are still applicable in the arena of smart city.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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