Judy Backhouse

Judy Backhouse
United Nations University (UNU) | UNU · UNU-EGOV

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My current research looks at ways of measuring and evaluating "smartness" in cities as well as the challenges.

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Our research has an overarching goal to better understand how information systems contribute (or could contribute) to the development of Smart Cities in the African context. Specifically the project has investigated the following research questions: 1) What are the information needs and preferences of individuals resident in and organisations operating in Johannesburg (and, possibly, other African cities), as well as the information needs and preferences of visitors to Johannesburg (and, possibly, other African cities)? 2) How can the information needs and preferences identified be mapped to information based services that are or could be provided? What processes are and/or could be used to make such mappings and how do these compare with existing processes for how such mappings can be made? What theoretical models might best inform such processes? 3) What information services are provided within Johannesburg (and, possibly, other African cities), in what forms and by whom? Who uses such services and (where feasible) what is their impact? 4) What are the gaps in service provision? How can the information based services identified be mapped to technology devices and applications, and providers of services? What processes are and/or could be used to make such mappings and how do these compare with existing processes for how such mappings can be made? What theoretical models might best inform such processes?