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Theofanis Christopoulos

2021 Christopoulos TheofanisTitle: Smart cities risks' identification and mitigation
Year: 2021
Affiliation: National Technical University of Athens
Level: Undergraduate
Thesis written in Greek


Title in Greek: Αναγνώριση και αντιμετώπιση κινδύνων στις Έξυπνες Πόλεις


Abstract: The number of smart cities is growing constantly, so that cities can respond to the social, political, economic and environmental needs of citizens. The transformation of cities into smart cities is a radical change in a long-standing institution, that of cities, and it is fraught with risks.
The present research seeks to identify the risks that affect smart cities both during their construction and operation. In addition, ways to address these risks are proposed.
A systematic literature review is conducted to initially identify the risks. Subsequently, interviews with people relevant to the smart cities environment are conducted to complement the findings of the literature survey and to propose strategies to address these risks.
A total of sixty-five risks are identified which are grouped into the following 9 categories: Economic, Social, Organizational, Environmental, Technological and Technical, Strategic, Political, Legal and Security. The risks are grouped together in a Risk Breakdown Structure. For a part of these risks, methods are also proposed to address them, using technological and non-technological solutions, which affect the causes, probability of occurrence and consequences of the risks.
This research aims to be a consultant in risk management within smart cities for researchers and practitioners. In order to foster the long-term sustainability of smart cities, it is necessary to mitigate threats and exploit the opportunities arising from the smart city environment.

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