Digitization and urban Governance: The City as a Reflection of Its Data Infrastructure

Ali Bayat* (Corresponding Author), Peter Kawalek

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This paper introduces the ‘House Model’, an integrated framework consisting of four data governance modes, urban and smart city vision, context, and big data technologies. The model stems from engaged scholarship, synthesizing and extending the academic debates and evidence from existing smart city initiatives. It provides a means for comparing cities in terms of their digitization efforts, helps the planning of more effective urban data infrastructures, and guides future empirical research in this area. The paper contributes to the literature that examining the issue of big data and its governance in local government and smart cities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-38
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review of Administrative Sciences
Issue number1
Early online date5 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

The research was funded by a grant from the National Infrastructure Commission, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, London, UK.


  • big data
  • citizen participation
  • digital-era governance
  • digitization
  • smart cities
  • urban governance


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