Smart cities: The concept and its adaptation to the Russian context

Nataliia A. Kolodii, Natalia A. Goncharova, Vera S. Ivanova

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The article investigates the concept of a smart city mainly focused around people. At the same time, a “smart city” is understood to be an innovative city which implements a set of technical solutions and organizational measures aimed at achieving the highest possible quality of human life, an adequate resource management and service delivery system, in order to create sustainable favorable living conditions, as well as the prosperity and business activity of current and future generations. The general and specific (for Russia) factors that determined the transition from “smart cities” to “human-centered smart cities” are highlighted. Human-centered smart cities are cities in which governments attract citizens by being open to partnership with citizens, supporting the collaborative design of technical and social innovation processes through mutual relationships based on mutual trust and cooperation. A system of expert assessments is analyzed, which indicates the possibilities for transitioning to the digitalization of the economy and the city, the possibilities for developing breakthrough information and social technologies that would ensure movement towards Human Smart cites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-123
Number of pages22
JournalSotsiologicheskiy Zhurnal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Citizen-Oriented Approach
  • Digital Development Strategy
  • Digital Economy
  • Human Smart cities
  • Public Participation
  • Smart City Technologies
  • “Living Labs”

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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