Smart cities need smart governance

By: Shahana Chattaraj, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford The proposed Dholera smart city in Gujarat. Image: Dholera smart city. Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, is a leader with an urban vision. Before becoming prime minister, he was chief minister of Gujarat, where he transformed the state capital Ahmedabad with an award-winning sustainable … Continue reading “Smart cities need smart governance”

Oxford set to launch largest on-street car charging pilot in the world

By: Oxfordshire County Council A major trial will be carried out this year to investigate the best way to deliver 100 on-street electric vehicle charging stations in Oxford’s residential streets. The trial, run in partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council, will be the first on-street charging pilot on this scale in the world. … Continue reading “Oxford set to launch largest on-street car charging pilot in the world”

Oxford announced as finalist for European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016

The city of Oxford was today announced by the European Commission as one of the nine finalists for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016, alongside Paris, Berlin, Milan, Vienna, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Eindhoven, and Turin, with Oxford being selected “for its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem”. The … Continue reading “Oxford announced as finalist for European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016”

Oxford Seminars: Urban Mobilities in the Smart City

By: Transport Studies Unit Seminar Series The idea of the ‘smart city’ has recently gained significant appeal amongst urban policy practitioners, international organisations, the corporate sector, academics, and social enterprises. By bringing together a range of innovative technologies, infrastructure and data management techniques, smart cities promise to enhance urban sustainability, to increase economic growth and … Continue reading “Oxford Seminars: Urban Mobilities in the Smart City”

Mapping human mobility with social media data

By: Jonathan Bright, Oxford Internet Institute One of the key aims of the NEXUS project is to explore the extent to which human mobility patterns (e.g. commuting, tourism, migration) can be effectively mapped using social media data. Effective information on mobility is of vital importance to policy makers, yet is often in short supply or … Continue reading “Mapping human mobility with social media data”

Oxford City Debates – Urban governance and its discontents

February 18-19, 2016, St. Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS The yearly conference on  “Urban Governance and its Discontents” will be held on 18-19 February 2016 at the University of Oxford. A cornerstone initiative of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, the conference will build on the long tradition of public debates here, and will bring … Continue reading “Oxford City Debates – Urban governance and its discontents”

Oxford in new Internet of Things Research Hub

Oxford is one of a consortium of nine UK universities involved in the newly announced £23 million Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub.  Oxford’s participation in the consortium is led by the e-Research Centre and Oxford Internet Institute, and also involves the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Engineering Science and the Saïd Business School, … Continue reading “Oxford in new Internet of Things Research Hub”