Digitalization fosters the emergence of new data, behaviours and services in the traditional areas of public policies: water, mobility, energy, waste, etc. To develop a prospective approach to the “smart diffuse city”, we explore the positive and negative sides of the “digital revolution” from an internationally comparative perspective:

  • How does the use of new data help to fill gaps in the knowledge and modelling of diffuse urbanization?
  • How can new data help public and private stakeholders to develop services that are better adapted to inhabitants’ needs and promote sustainable urban development?
  • How do digital technologies and their uses contribute to revitalized forms of urban planning and management, including risk management?
  • Does digitalization increase or reduce socio-spatial inequalities between dense and diffuse territories?