The Smart Way Forward

  • Edward J. Blakely
  • Richard Hu


This chapter maps a smart way forward for Australia to pursue innovation and thrive as a knowledge economy. The chapter outlines several smart opportunities derived from cutting-edge technologies that will be shaping the future economy and the future practice of work—smart work, artificial intelligence, and low-tech innovation. It then discusses the recent Turnbull government’s (2015–18) smart cities agenda from the perspectives of internal policy setting and the global competitive environment. The smart cities agenda captured the importance of innovation and the need for Australian cities and communities to transition to a knowledge economy. However, it has not provided a consistent national urban policy framework to guide the future development of Australian cities. To conclude the book, we propose a co-design and co-creation approach, involving collaboration and interaction between three tiers of government, to drive Australia forward as an innovation shaper rather than taker in the global innovation race.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Blakely
    • 1
  • Richard Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.University of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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