Jonathan Calof

Scott Cunningham, Full Professor, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, UK

Keynote Topic : How Cities are Making us Smarter

Date : November 25, 2020 at 11h00 (GMT+1)

Biography :

Scott Cunningham is the chair of Urban Policy Analysis at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of several books on technological forecasting including (with Alan Porter) Forecasting and Management of Technology, and Tech Mining. He is an associate editor of the journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Keynote abstract :

This talk discusses how cities are making us smarter and more innovative. All around the world people are moving to the city in the hopes of greater opportunity and prosperity. This has lead to unprecedented boom in the built environment. Four in-depth case studies (Atlanta, Mountain View, Delft and Glasgow) are used to reveal the micro-processes of urban regions. These cases are also used as an opportunity to surface major theories of urban economics and the geography of innovation. We are increasingly using urban big data to map knowledge spillovers and urban agglomeration. The talk concludes with a discussion of what happens when our cities fail us, and how the field of technology management can contribute to greater urban growth and prosperity. .