Smart urbanism is a popular urban policy approach of the cities of the world. It offers seductive visions of a better future for all driven by adoption of digital technologies. Research on opportunities and challenges of smart urbanism in different urban contexts in the Global South is emerging but fragmented. This talk will give an overview of the key trends shaping smart city developments in Asia using Bangalore and Singapore as cases of comparison. Reflecting on the Singapore case, I will also discuss how normativity is entrenched in such imaginaries of urban futures and offer insights on emerging digital inequalities.
About the speaker
Gayathri Haridas is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Future Digital Economies & Digital Societies research cluster at the LKYCIC. Gayathri is an interdisciplinary policy researcher specializing in digital governance & citizenship, Asian smart urbanism, urban futures, and urban innovations. Her current research investigates the complex social and cultural issues that arise when societies deeply engage with data-centric digital technologies. She is committed to exploring multiple perspectives and diverse voices imagining and constructing urban futures in her study of issues arising at the intersection of technology and society.
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