The behaviours and job positions of citizens in smart cities' development

Sengboon Lim, Jalaluddin Abdul Malek, Mohd. Yusof Hussain, Zurinah Tahir

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Of the three major actors in smart cities, citizens have the most ambiguous roles, unlike the government which is the clear decision-maker, and the private technological players which are obviously supposed to provide state-of-the-art technologies to smart cities. Evidently, the possession of ambiguous characteristics or vague roles can result in the manipulation and subjugation of the general public by the power-holders. Thus, the objective of this paper is to identify the desirable characteristics - including the behaviours and job positions - of the citizens who participate in the development of smart cities. Following the conduction of semi-structured interviews on the stakeholders of smart cities, it was found that citizens can actually be (1) active and independent volunteers in public life, (2) local champions or co-producers of public values, as well as (3) aware and educated-intention human sensors who drive changes, instead of being passive users of data or beneficiaries of services. It has been argued that the creation of smart cities is reliant on a deeper understanding of the citizens' characteristics, apart from the implementation of policies which generate aware and civic-minded citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-145
Number of pages13
JournalPlanning Malaysia
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Fingerprint

citizen
possession
manipulation
decision maker
producer
stakeholder
smart city
sensor
interview
public
Values

Keywords

  • Public engagement
  • Public participation
  • Role of citizen
  • Smart city

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

Cite this

The behaviours and job positions of citizens in smart cities' development. / Lim, Sengboon; Abdul Malek, Jalaluddin; Hussain, Mohd. Yusof; Tahir, Zurinah.

In: Planning Malaysia, Vol. 17, No. 2, 01.01.2019, p. 133-145.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{af71d502af66476dbf370846d78334ee,
title = "The behaviours and job positions of citizens in smart cities' development",
abstract = "Of the three major actors in smart cities, citizens have the most ambiguous roles, unlike the government which is the clear decision-maker, and the private technological players which are obviously supposed to provide state-of-the-art technologies to smart cities. Evidently, the possession of ambiguous characteristics or vague roles can result in the manipulation and subjugation of the general public by the power-holders. Thus, the objective of this paper is to identify the desirable characteristics - including the behaviours and job positions - of the citizens who participate in the development of smart cities. Following the conduction of semi-structured interviews on the stakeholders of smart cities, it was found that citizens can actually be (1) active and independent volunteers in public life, (2) local champions or co-producers of public values, as well as (3) aware and educated-intention human sensors who drive changes, instead of being passive users of data or beneficiaries of services. It has been argued that the creation of smart cities is reliant on a deeper understanding of the citizens' characteristics, apart from the implementation of policies which generate aware and civic-minded citizens.",
keywords = "Public engagement, Public participation, Role of citizen, Smart city",
author = "Sengboon Lim and {Abdul Malek}, Jalaluddin and Hussain, {Mohd. Yusof} and Zurinah Tahir",
year = "2019",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.21837/pmjournal.v17.i10.635",
language = "English",
volume = "17",
pages = "133--145",
journal = "Planning Malaysia",
issn = "1675-6215",
publisher = "Malaysian Institute of Planners",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The behaviours and job positions of citizens in smart cities' development

AU - Lim, Sengboon

AU - Abdul Malek, Jalaluddin

AU - Hussain, Mohd. Yusof

AU - Tahir, Zurinah

PY - 2019/1/1

Y1 - 2019/1/1

N2 - Of the three major actors in smart cities, citizens have the most ambiguous roles, unlike the government which is the clear decision-maker, and the private technological players which are obviously supposed to provide state-of-the-art technologies to smart cities. Evidently, the possession of ambiguous characteristics or vague roles can result in the manipulation and subjugation of the general public by the power-holders. Thus, the objective of this paper is to identify the desirable characteristics - including the behaviours and job positions - of the citizens who participate in the development of smart cities. Following the conduction of semi-structured interviews on the stakeholders of smart cities, it was found that citizens can actually be (1) active and independent volunteers in public life, (2) local champions or co-producers of public values, as well as (3) aware and educated-intention human sensors who drive changes, instead of being passive users of data or beneficiaries of services. It has been argued that the creation of smart cities is reliant on a deeper understanding of the citizens' characteristics, apart from the implementation of policies which generate aware and civic-minded citizens.

AB - Of the three major actors in smart cities, citizens have the most ambiguous roles, unlike the government which is the clear decision-maker, and the private technological players which are obviously supposed to provide state-of-the-art technologies to smart cities. Evidently, the possession of ambiguous characteristics or vague roles can result in the manipulation and subjugation of the general public by the power-holders. Thus, the objective of this paper is to identify the desirable characteristics - including the behaviours and job positions - of the citizens who participate in the development of smart cities. Following the conduction of semi-structured interviews on the stakeholders of smart cities, it was found that citizens can actually be (1) active and independent volunteers in public life, (2) local champions or co-producers of public values, as well as (3) aware and educated-intention human sensors who drive changes, instead of being passive users of data or beneficiaries of services. It has been argued that the creation of smart cities is reliant on a deeper understanding of the citizens' characteristics, apart from the implementation of policies which generate aware and civic-minded citizens.

KW - Public engagement

KW - Public participation

KW - Role of citizen

KW - Smart city

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85072085331&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85072085331&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.21837/pmjournal.v17.i10.635

DO - 10.21837/pmjournal.v17.i10.635

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85072085331

VL - 17

SP - 133

EP - 145

JO - Planning Malaysia

JF - Planning Malaysia

SN - 1675-6215

IS - 2

ER -