Smart city strategy for Scotland’s seven cities

Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint


How can Scotland's cities work together to deploy smart city investments?

Urban Foresight was commissioned by the Scottish Cities Alliance, on behalf of the seven Scottish cities and the Scottish Government, to develop the UK’s first collaborative Smart City strategy and action plan.

The objective of the work was to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to map out existing activities and identify opportunities for cities to scale up their Smart City ambitions.

A key part of this work was to provide cities with the tools to resource and organise transformational changes. This included detailed mapping of resources that could be developed and shared across cities to support the procurement of innovation.

Our analysis involved interviews, workshops and desk research to establish the challenges and opportunities in procuring infrastructure and services related to smart cities.

We also undertook a detailed mapping of the different funding and financing mechanisms available at the local, national, UK and European levels.

Read the full report here.


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What We Delivered

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities

We are expert at running workshops and focus groups, using a variety of tools and techniques to combine and share information from large and small groups

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project

Exploring possible futures to understand what’s important and what’s possible

We have specialist toolkits to shape future outlooks, develop actionable strategies and open up new possibilities for innovation

Defining the key features, structure, criteria for success, and major deliverables of a new project or programme

Sector Expertise

We are globally recognised experts in the opportunities for cities to embrace technology and new ways of working to create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes

Advising on ways to share, manage and exploit data assets

Understanding and avoiding the negative impacts of businesses, cities and communities on the environment

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible

Advice on how new technology and services can create healthier and happier communities

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities