While COVID-19 is a substantial policy problem unto itself, it will also have many knock-on impacts, including on smart city projects, Kris Hartley writes.
COVID-19 has arrested the world’s attention, and for good reason. However, policy challenges that were urgent before the crisis, if anyone can remember them, have not gone away. Climate change, socio-economic inequality, rapid urbanisation, and digital transformation, among other issues, remain salient around the world.
It is fair then to consider what effect COVID-19 will have on policy approaches to these lingering issues, including its effects on state-society relations. One place to start is at the intersection of pandemics, technology, and urbanisation – the smart city.