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TitleCity rankings and the citizens: exposing representational and participatory gaps
Author(s)Duarte Melo, Ana
KeywordsCity rankings
Issue date2020
PublisherSpringer, Cham
JournalLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (LNICST)
CitationMelo, A. (2020). City rankings and the citizens: exposing representational and participatory gaps. In P. Pereira, R. Ribeiro, I. Oliveira, & P. Novais (Eds.), Society with future: smart and liveable cities (pp. 154-169). Springer, Cham.
Abstract(s)Acritical reflection on the purposes, role and performance of city rankings through an holistic communicational approach is at the core of this article. Grounded on a conceptual framework that highlights the contemporary idea of the city—beyond the smart city and more as a co-intelligent, collaborative and co-creative entity, and on the performance outputs of city rankings as territorial and strategic communication tools that actually represent the state of cities, we address the citizens’ presence or contribute—as main city stakeholders—to city rankings. In order to make research tangible with a practical component, an exploratory comparative content analysis of three recognized city rankings: the CBI – City Brands Index 2017, the GCR – 2018 Global Cities Report, and the Global Liveability Index 2018—was carried out. Conclusive notes argue that in order to effectively represent cities, as they are lived, thought and built by their citizens in their everyday, city rankings must rely in more real-time, updated, people’s perception centred data, and embed more citizen participation and insights. Moreover, methodology transparency and accountability should be promoted in order to add trust value to city rankings.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CECS - Atas em congressos | Seminários / conference proceedings

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