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The Future of Smart Cities: Where we are Going to Live in the Future

Dr Kris Hartley
Monday, 6 May 2024
Complimentary Drinks from 6:45 pm; Talk at 7:30 pm
The HK Management Association, 14/F, Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
This talk is free of charge for student members, please email us to reserve a seat
The need for sustainability and technological advances have introduced fresh opportunities and challenges for cities in the 21st Century. Established cities are trying to transition into "smart cities" to become environments that are more efficient, people-friendly and sustainable.

Dr Kris Hartley looks at examples of smart cities, with particular reference to Hong Kong and Singapore – in comparison to some cities in the European Union.

He illustrates the social, cultural and economic changes required for smart cities.  He also discusses the changes required for city management, technology and operations, be it in the areas of waste collection, schools, libraries, hospitals or other city services.
Dr Kris Hartley is an expert on sustainable urban development,  and is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Programme Leader of the Masters of Social Sciences in Sustainability and Development Studies at City University of Hong Kong.  He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy), a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Tennessee.

Kris researches the role of public policy in technology-enabled sustainability transitions, with a focus on circular economy. He has published two books and countless peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics including environmental policy, smart cities and global development.  He has previously been a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and has held faculty appointments at Cornell University, University of Melbourne and Education University of Hong Kong.

With over a decade of public and private sector experience, Kris has worked with the United Nations Environment Programme, ASEAN Secretariat, central and local government agencies in the United States, New Zealand, and Thailand, research institutes in Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and Australia, and private sector firms including Microsoft and Huawei.  He is on the board of several learned journals and is widely publish in newspapers and magazines.

Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks. 

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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