Panel 4: Smart cities in the COVID-19 era: SDGs & resilience

Panel 4:

Title of the panel:

Smart Cities in the COVID-19 Era: SDGs & resilience 


Smart Cities; Sustainability; SDGs; Resilience; Covid-19; ICT;

Short description of the panel:

The COVID-19 emergency required citizens, and the communities and cities in which they live, to rethink urban spaces to provide solutions and new services. Thus, it represents an opportunity to take important steps towards safer, more efficient, sustainable and citizen-friendly models of cities. The panel will investigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the perspective of the Smart City.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in the panel:

  • How did the coronavirus pandemic change the vision of the safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable Smart City?
  • How and to what extent did the pandemic’s lockdowns change the relevance of a technology-driven approach in the urban context?
  • What are the key roles in planning post-COVID-19 urban environments that are in line with the ‘right to the city?
  • Can the use of technology such as artificial intelligence and ‘big data’ be deepened in the pandemic to achieve urban development that is effective and sustainable, from climate emergency to waste management?
  • Does the capacity for resilience to social, economic and technical stresses increasingly depend on ‘big data’, using the Internet of Things to establish ‘sensory systems’ to capture critical information accurately?
  • Can the pandemic be seen as an opportunity to rethink city living, the symbiosis between cities and inhabitants, and the role of physical and virtual urban spaces to design the cities of tomorrow?


  • Francesca Loia, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Naples, Italy

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