Reshaping Smart Cities to foster disaster resilience

  • Aravindi Samarakkody (Speaker)
  • Amaratunga, D. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Haigh, R. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Abstract: Cities are expanding faster and within that expansion insensitive and non-inclusive urban developments and land-use planning, result in higher levels of vulnerabilities and disaster risks. In broader terms, a Smart City is an improved form of a city that administers technology and innovations to transform the core urban systems to deliver more efficient services and better living quality. As a source that generates various advantages including wider social and economic benefits, Smart Cities attract larger populations that seek better living standards. Smart Cities often become the centres for employment generation where major economic activities are performed. When people concentrate and compete for the resources in Smart Cities, disaster risks arise. Amidst the developments in global living conditions, disaster events too are escalating in terms of their frequency and severity, leaving cities around the world to suffer substantial losses in numerous ways. Within the Smart City context, disasters can extend beyond the conventional risks, for instance, cyber-attacks. Therefore, as a unique city conceptualisation model, Smart Cities need a unique strategy to build, enhance and sustain resilience. Not only do the innovations in the form of smart solutions deliver products, insights, services, and technologies to operationalise resilience within Smart Cities, smart characteristics when capitalised effectively expedite the resilience-making process. Therefore, this research looks at26different lines of inquiry through which the resilience concept can be operationalised within the Smart City concept. The outcomes can be discussed through resilience journeys of Smart Cities and key Smart City dynamics to address resilience.
Period8 Dec 2022
Event titleUnited Kingdom Alliance for Disaster Research Conference 2022: Disaster Research and Innovation at a Time of Global Uncertainty
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational