Tracking key developments in the UK’s smart cities

Quarterly Innovation Briefs on Key Trends, Issues and Developments

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What are UK cities doing, thinking and concerned about in relation to urban innovation?

Urban Foresight was commissioned by the Future Cities Catapult to generate a series of quarterly research reports on the key developments in the UK related to smart cities and the advanced urban services sector.

This established the first regular, coordinated view of such trends, issues and emerging opportunities. The Catapult recognised that knowing what UK cities are doing, thinking and concerned about in relation to urban innovation is vital to informing its opportunity development, expert analysis and stakeholder engagement activities.

This content draws on a mixture of desk research, scanning of published materials and stakeholder interviews. It also benefits from Urban Foresight’s wide network of contacts across the UK and regular attendance at events and conferences where learnings from smart city initiatives are shared and analysed.

The first Innovation Brief was released in Autumn 2017.

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.