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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Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

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

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

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

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

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

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.