Research, publications and web sites

Consultation on Smart Cities


Challenges with the Indian Urbanization Scenario - Urbanization in India is rapid and propels social and environmental challenges. Cities are characterized by strained infrastructure which manifests itself in terms of power cuts and water shortages, high cost of living, and unaffordable real estate resulting in urban sprawl and slums, high volume of traffic resulting in pollution and delays.

Local Government 2035: Strategic Trends and Implications of New Technologies


Drone technologies, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and peer-to-peer services -- among other technology advances -- will disrupt business as usual at city hall. A new report suggests that to maintain effective service delivery, local governments must be agile, nimble and dynamic. Is yours?

The Murky Future of Global Water Quality


A global study by Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute found that rapidly deteriorating water quality over the next several decades will increase risks to human health, economic development and thousands of aquatic ecosystems in developed and developing economies alike. Learn about sustainable solutions available to cities.

Connecting Cities: Mobility -- Unlocking Potential in Emerging Markets


This Connecting cities: Emerging markets report from MasterCard has been produced to kick-start a dialogue about how we can take collaboration in urban mobility and development to the next level and ensure that we build smart cities for smart citizens.