The role of sustainability in the relationship between migration and smart cities: a bibliometric review

Mouazen, Ali-Mohamad; Hernández-Lara, Ana B.
Abstract:
Purpose Smart cities attract efficient and profitable economic activities, contribute to the societal welfare of their citizens and foster the efficient use and conservation of natural resources. Developing smart cities has become a priority for many developed countries, but as they are preferred destinations for migrants, this raises sustainability issues. They attract people who are seeking a better quality of life, smart services and solutions, a better environment and business activities. The purpose of this paper is to review the state of the art on the relationship between smart cities and migration, with a view to determining sustainability. Design/methodology/approach A bibliometric review and text mining analyses were conducted on publications between 2000 and 2019. Findings The results determined the main parameters of this research topic in terms of its growth, top journals and articles. The role of sustainability in the relationship between smart cities and migration is also identified, highlighting the special interest of its social dimension. Originality/value A bibliometric approach has not been used previously to investigate the link between smart cities and migration. However, given the current relevance of both phenomena, their emergence and growth, this approach is appropriate in determining the state of the art and its main descriptors, with special emphasis on the sustainability implications.
Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
migration
Journal:
Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance
Volume:
23
Number:
1
Pages:
77-94
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-04-2020-0051
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