Ways you can work on smart city development

Prasitchai Chaiamarit, a civil engineering PhD student in Thailand. Photo by: Gerhard Jörén / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

As people around the world continue to migrate to cities in search of jobs and opportunities, developing smarter and more sustainable cities is key to tackling the poverty and inequality that can occur in these urban environments. It is estimated that by 2050, some two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Smart design and solutions are needed to ensure these are safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable for the communities.

A smart cities approach can help achieve this and improve living standards for citizens through the provision of adequate housing and services, access to sustainable transport and green energy, among other things. While innovative technologies play a huge part in offering smart solutions, designing and maintaining truly smart cities is not possible without the contribution of skilled and talented professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Here is an overview of just some of the ways to work in today’s smart cities.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.