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Examining the Challenges of Small Cities Becoming ‘Smart Cities’ in India

Dr Melissa Butcher will be part of a significant research Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) funded project examining the challenges of small cities becoming ‘smart cities’ in India. In collaboration with Kings College London, Birmingham University, the Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, the two-year project (2018-2020) will highlight the process of change in small cities (i.e. Shimla, Jalandhar and Nashik ) in India as they are transformed by smart technologies and infrastructure and will attempt to understand, ‘What is the difference between how state plans for urban transformation are imagined by local authorities compared to how they are actually lived by residents?’

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