The focus of this topic is the implementation, governance and implications of smart cities and their transition to sustainable urban areas. Digitalization, sensors and big data approaches allow for governance support in the management and controlling of the city metabolism e.g. with respect to energy, water, area/land use, transportation or waste. However, it has not yet been investigated what the implications of smart cities are. Thus, the following questions will be focused: What are economic (e.g. technical equipment, digital apps and user participation, cost structures and jobs at communal facilities/companies, motivation and incentives) and Social (e.g. augmented/virtual reality) implications of smart cities? How can City 4.0 be governed? What are indicators to evaluate the management of a smart city? How can the climate protection, climate adaption, energy and resource efficiency of smart cities be managed, measured and improved? What are data requirements for smart cities? The topics includes modelling and analyses of multi-criteria decision making support on communal level (Optimization of cost, energy demand, GHG emissions, resource efficiency or user acceptance/ participation?) and rethinking the role and responsibilities of local government curating and eco-innovation systems for smart cities rather than planning one. Furthermore, open source big data and its role in smart/intelligent cities will be researched and how do we go from data to knowledge in smart cities? In this topic we have the opportunity to be research partners with a real building being designed and built in Melbourne. Research questions are: How do the connected cities develop? How does the successful management look like? Do they make progress? In which aspects do they develop more successfully?
If successful, the PhD candidate will be enrolled at both the University of Melbourne through the Faculty of Engineering and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and will be co-supervised by supervisors at both institutions. The researcher will be based at KIT, and will spend at least twelve months at the University of Melbourne.
The application process is competitive, with higher than the equivalent of a University of Melbourne 80% in a relevant degree expected. Information on undertaking a doctorate at KIT and eligibility information can be seen here, with information on the University of Melbourne entry requirements here.