Three faculty members from the Ivan Allen College were featured in the Georgia Tech Research Horizons magazine. The story “Smart Cities Innovative Approaches Combining Engineering, Technology, and the Social Sciences Are Boosting the Urban IQ” features the leading edge research conducted by Jennifer Clark, associate professor of public policy, Christopher Le Dantec, associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and Thomas Lodato, postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Policy.
Cities have been around for thousands of years, so urbanization is hardly a new phenomenon — but it’s happening now at an unprecedented pace.
In 1950 about 30 percent of the world’s population lived in cities, a number that shot up to nearly 55 percent by 2016 and is expected to hit 60 percent by 2030, according to United Nations statistics. This dramatic growth brings challenges on a variety of fronts, transforming “smart cities” from a catchy phrase into a critical endeavor.
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