Exploring the Nature of the Smart Cities Research Landscape

  • Adegboyega OjoEmail author
  • Zamira Dzhusupova
  • Edward Curry
Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 11)


As a research domain, Smart Cities is only emerging. This is evident from the number of publications, books, and other scholarly articles on smart cities indexed in Google scholar and Elsevier’s Scopus—an abstract and citation database. However, significant literature is available on related topics like intelligent city, digital city, and intelligent community based on search results research repositories such as Elsevier’s Scopus, ACM Digital Library, and Google Scholar. This chapter maps the research work in the smart cities’ domain, based on the available scholarly publications. The aim is to synthesize an emerging understanding of the smart city concept, determine major research themes, types, and gaps in the current research landscape.


Smart cities Intelligent cities Smart city research Research mapping Bibliometrics Scientometrics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adegboyega Ojo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zamira Dzhusupova
    • 2
  • Edward Curry
    • 1
  1. 1.Insight Centre for Data AnalyticsNational University of IrelandGalwayRepublic of Ireland
  2. 2.United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), E-Government BranchNYUSA

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