The 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

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...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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 Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program  

for the  27th NISPAcee Annual Conference
  Program Overview
Panel: Cultural Policy and Creativity for Smart Development
Author(s)  Primoz Pevcin 
  University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana  Slovenia
 Title  An Insight into Governance and Policy-making Dimensions of the Smart City Concept from the CEE Perspective
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Presenter  Primoz Pevcin
The concept of smart city has become increasingly popular, both when addressed in scientific literature as well as from the perspective of contemporary urban policy-making. Namely, this concept has been popularized for the purpose of solving complex urban problems (i.e. environmental sustainability, social cohesion, economic recovery etc.), and is also politically promoted for local electoral purpose. Although this concept does not have single definition and it has rather fuzzy nature, with somewhat blurred line with »alternative« concepts like, e.g. intelligent city, creative city, digital city etc., it has also been popularized in science within the EU in particular, both due to the availability of research funds as well as because it resembles „technological utopia“. Upon the scrutinization of the literature, it can be concluded that there are three main focuses and developmental areas of the concept, that is technologies, human resources and governance. Nonetheless, the literature concentrates around the technological aspects, and there is a lack of literature concentrating in particular on the governance aspects (see, e.g., Nesti, 2018). Subsequently, this review paper proposal focuses on the review of the existing literature on this concept, and the governance-focused literature is mainly considered, where also some critical views on this concept are presented. With this in mind, the similarities and dividing points to the above mentioned »sister« concepts is presented, in order to assess, why label smart might contemporary prevail. Moreover, the paper presents the policy-making evidence on the utilization and proclamation of this concept in European practice, in particular from the CEE perspective. In this context, also practical evidence on smart strategies and processes is given. Namely, often the smartness is taken as a goal of policy-making, but it should be rather considered as a strategy, and practical evidence suggests that this holds. Policy-makers often neglect strategies or their focus is rather narrow, including also problematic implementation (see, e.g., Ben Letaifa, 2015) and omitted participation of relevant stakeholders. This, in contrast, also reflects in narrow thinking of suppliers of what is actually understood under smart city concept (see, e.g., RolandBerger, 2017). Following, paper focuses also on discussion on the limitations in strategizing smart city and preconditions needed for successful implementation of strategies. Paper also synthetizes the findings of existing theoretical and practical literature that addresses the concept of smart cities, but it limits itself to addressing governance aspects.