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Michele Ferretti


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Project Title:  Building the Smart City: Managing the interface between urban governance and big data.

Partner Organisation: IBM's Smarter Urban Dynamics (IBM-SUD) group

Project Description: Smart Cities are premised on digital systems able to provide large amounts of real-time data to urban governments and agencies. However, such ‘big data’ only becomes useful to urban managers when it can be analysed and interpreted, and an appropriate policy response developed. In partnership with IBM, this project investigates how city governments can develop governance interfaces that enable them to make efficient and targeted use of the data received through smart systems, focusing on Big Data for the real-time management of public transport, using as case studies cities where IBM has worked to develop responsive real-time Smart City management systems, and seeking to establish the foundations for an interdisciplinary dialogue between technical bodies of research on Smart City systems and applications, and social science approaches to sustainable urban governance. The project is intended to generate impact both in terms of empirical findings and analysis, and in terms of a broader theoretical contribution at the interface of literatures on technical urban management and social science-based urban governance approaches.


Michele is also a member of the Urban Futures research group at King's College, London

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • GA Mathematical geography. Cartography


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