How smart is Smart City Lagos?

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Lawanson, T.
Udoma Ejorh, O.
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The ‘smart city’ concept has gained prominence in global urban discourse in recent times. Though coined in the 1990s with a focus on the role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in modern infrastructure within cities, it is largely being promoted as the key to Africa’s third revolution (Huet, 2016). This study explores the linkages between the global narrative on the smart city concept and its framing vis-à-vis urban development in Lagos. What is the smart city agenda for Lagos? Who benefits? Specifically, this chapter will interrogate the deployment of smart city principles in urban infrastructure, economic development and governance efforts and the effects of these changes on everyday experiences of residents of the city. It will begin by correlating global narratives and local institutional interpretations of the smart city, and then examine three case studies of how local residents are responding to the emerging smart city paradigm.
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smart city , lagos , Urban , governance , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Lawanson.T & Udoma-Ejorh. O (2020) How Smart is Smart City Lagos? Willis. K and Aurigi. A (eds) The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities. London: Routledge, Doi: