More sustainable urban futures are urgently required and the widespread diffusion of digital and smart technologies offers the opportunity to develop new approaches to urban sustainability enhancement. Capturing the sustainability potential embedded in technological developments, however, requires radical transformations in the way we study, govern, and organize our urban environments.
The mission of Unity - the Urban Innovation Policy Lab of Edinburgh Napier University - is to provide urban development actors worldwide with the evidence base required to manage these complex urban transformations and to ensure that digital and smart technologies become a tool for boosting sustainable urban development and public value creation.
With multidisciplinary research that unites urban science to technology and innovation studies, we contribute to advancing theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of urban innovation, in particular smart city transitions.
Innovation thinking, technological development, and science to build more sustainable urban futures