Smart and Sustainable CitiesSemester Course

DIS Stockholm, Elective Course, Smart and Sustainable Cities
Major Discipline(s)
Engineering, Sustainability, Urban Studies
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

People flock to the cities, and the trend only seems to continue. It puts cities under tremendous pressure across the world. Stockholm has come a long way in terms of ‘smart’ solutions that can help shape future cities: intelligent and flexible energy systems, ‘smart’ street lighting, intelligent traffic control, etc. In this course we look at the major trends and developments as well as raise critical questions – Whom are smart cities for? Who is involved? How do they contribute to the sustainable development goals? What about issues of cyber security? How would smart cities change the human-nature relation?

Stockholm was ranked second in the Sustainable City Index and received the World Smart City Award in 2019. We continuously innovate and test smart sustainable solutions in cooperation with academia, citizens, and private companies in existing and new-built areas to become a climate positive city by 2040.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Environmental Science, Public Policy


Jonathan Geib

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology (2020). Research work on complexities of engagement with urban participatory processes involving public sector institutions and art and design practitioners. M.Sc. in Urbanism and Strategic Planning, KU Leuven (2013). M.Sc. in Human Settlements, KU Leuven (2010). B.Sc. in Architecture, University of Texas at Austin (2002). Currently writing a working paper on citizens’ assemblies and civic committees as Research Fellow at the International Youth Think Tank (2020–⁠present). With DIS since 2021.