Smart & Sustainable Cities

The Smart & Sustainable Cities research theme investigates the modern metropolis, and explores how we can optimise existing infrastructures to improve how cities work. It is estimated that 60-70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by the year 2030. This research encompasses a multitude of areas including energy management, sharing and sustainability, and utilises new and emerging technologies including sensor and wireless communications to gather information about the way cities operates.

Smart Cities has a technological framework that provides access to large scale urban data, which can then be utilised by businesses in new and emerging markets. This research focuses on the everyday citizen building an alternative future for their city, and builds on the concept of Trinity as a micro-city, as a reference point for the cities of the future.

The breadth of research across Trinity College can be combined to support a vision for a happy, green and cost-effective city, where we address the required optimisation of resources, harness the growth potential for business, reduce the city’s environmental impact, and improve citizens’ quality of life within urban environments. In Trinity, work on infrastructure is complemented by monitoring techniques that support the prediction and analysis of data relating to city resources (e.g., air, energy, water and transport) and citizen behaviour (e.g., commuting, working, shopping, and leisure).

Research Institutes / Centres

Future Cities Research Centre

The Future Cities Research Centre undertakes multi-disciplinary research that enables, promotes and facilitates behavioural change for sustainability. The research is supported by the application of sensor, communication and analytical technological solutions to sustainability concerns in urban infrastructure such as energy, water, waste management and transportation systems.


Featured Publications & Research Outputs

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Featured Trinity Researchers

Siobhán Clarke

  • Theme Champion and main contact
  • Professor of Computer Science & Director of Future Cities Research Centre
  • School of Computer Science & Statistics

Anna Davies

  • Professor of Geography
  • School of Natural Sciences

Brian Caulfield

  • Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Engineering

Mark Dyer

  • Professor of Construction Innovation & Director of TrinityHaus Research Centre
  • School of Engineering

Vinny Cahill

  • Dean of Research
  • Professor of Computer Science
  • School of Computer Science and Statistics

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