UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


STEaPP Seminar Series: Digitalisation of Innovation and Its Implications for Sustainability - Japan's Experience of Developing Smart Cities

01 February 2017, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm


Event Information

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Taviton (16) 437

Dr Masuru Yarime will be discussing Japan's experience of developing smart cities and the challenges of establishing robust business models, managing intellectual property rights while sharing open data, and facilitating active engagement of end users.

Digitalisation is increasingly transforming various areas of innovation, making significant impacts on East Asia, where competitive manufacturing sectors are located with strong science and technology capabilities. 

The development of smart cites, based on advanced hardware and software for exchanges of information on energy and other materials through the entire supply chain, will play a crucial role in creating efficient, resilient, and sustainable urban systems. Innovation systems of smart cities exhibit a large degree of diversity in knowledge, actors, and institutions, depending upon the local conditions and contexts. 

Dr Masaru Yarime

Dr Masaru Yarime is Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Environment within City University of Hong Kong

His research interests focus on public policy, corporate strategy, and institutional design for promoting science, technology, and innovation for sustainability. For the past years he has been engaged in research and educational activities from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives, with an intention to understand the complex interface between engineering and social sciences and the dynamic interactions between technology and institutions in creating sustainability innovation. He is particularly interested in exploring the structure, functions, and evolution of knowledge systems involving various stakeholders in society.

His rich experience of cooperation and collaboration with key stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and civil society in Japan, Europe, and North America as well as in emerging countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America has been effective in analyzing and implementing innovations addressing multifaceted, inter-dependent sustainability challenges.

Event details

  • Date: 1 February 2017 13.00-14.30
  • Location: Taviton (16) Room 437

For more details please contact Dr Carolin Kaltolfen

STEaPP Seminar Series

The STEaPP Seminar Series aims to share knowledge from within UCL STEaPP, and from across and outside UCL that is particularly relevant to UCL STEaPP research and teaching communities. 

We aim to showcase speakers across a variety of fields, and from both academic research and practice. The series is a platform for connecting with key figures in research and practice, stimulating research discussion, developing collaborations, improving education practice and linking education to research.  

For details of future STEaPP departmental seminars please contact Dr Carolin Kaltofen.