The Contribution of Smart Cities to Quality of Life from the View of Citizens

  • José Luis Vázquez
  • Ana LaneroEmail author
  • Pablo Gutiérrez
  • César Sahelices
Part of the Applying Quality of Life Research book series (BEPR)


This study analyses the perceptions of a sample of 272 university students in Spain regarding current and ideal involvement of the municipality in six dimensions defining a smart city (smart economy, smart people, smart governance, smart mobility, smart environment and smart living). Data was collected through a questionnaire and analysed with descriptive statistical analysis and Student t-tests. Results point to an important gap between students’ real experience in the city and the perceived potential of the analysed dimensions to improve future quality of live. Main gaps were found in the dimensions of smart economy and smart governance.


Smart cities Quality of life Sustainability Citizens University students Spain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Luis Vázquez
    • 1
  • Ana Lanero
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pablo Gutiérrez
    • 1
  • César Sahelices
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business SciencesUniversity of LeónLeónSpain

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