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Towards a Smart Society – the role of Digital Futures

This project consists of three work packages (WP). Together they will support a discussion of how Digital Futures should work with the area of Smart Society and support project proposals and possibly other measures to strategically develop Smart Society within Digital Futures. The second and third WP feeds into the first. This supports Digital Futures’ vision –“to shape a sustainable society through digital transformation”.

The first WP develops an Agenda for Smart Society for Digital Futures, in line with what is described in the Digital Futures’ strategic plan.

In the second WP, we explore the collection and distribution of information related to urban energy modelling and how this can be developed to be used and useful for cities. The potential of a single, transparent platform for a wide array of stakeholders whose goal is to automate and accelerate the energy transition is investigated. The research questions focus on the decision-making utility of such a platform for society. In summary: who needs information, when they need it, and how should they receive it?

The third WP collaborates with KTH Climate Action Centre and works directly with some ongoing projects financed by Digital Futures. The role is to assess potential effects on emissions of greenhouse gases from some of the existing projects. This way, it becomes a test of introducing a societal assessment of Digital Futures’ projects.

The intention is that there will be connections between WP2 and WP3 and that they can mutually support each other since the questions on information use and need in WP2 are likely also crucial for WP3.

To a great extent, the project is directed towards the Working group Smart Society and how to develop the field within Digital Futures. The project relates directly to several parts of Digital Futures’ strategic plan, specifically:

  • In the strategic plan, one task within Smart Society is to start up a seed project to write a strategic agenda for Smart Society, i.e. a perfect match to WP1.
  • The strategic plan also includes a coordinated project with the KTH Climate Action Centre on climate-related aspects of some ongoing projects funded by Digital Futures. This goes very well in hand with WP3.
  • There is also a call for an overview of education on digitalisation for sustainability in the strategic plan. This will also be covered in WP1.
  • WP2 is not directly covered in the strategic plan, but WP2 will both feed into WP1 and interact with WP3 and will, therefore, indirectly support the strategic plan. There are also several potential relations to all three scientific research themes through questions that come up when trying to take urban energy modelling as far as what is investigated in WP2.

Crossdisciplinary collaboration
The researchers represent several departments at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.


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Mattias Höjer

Professor, Strategic Sustainability Studies at KTH, Member of the Strategic Research Committee, Chair Working group Smart Society, PI of research project Towards a Smart Society – the role of Digital Futures, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 8 790 64 51

Daniel Koch

Researcher at the ABE School, KTH, Co-PI WP1 of research project Towards a Smart Society – the role of Digital Futures

+46 8 790 60 25
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Nelson Sommerfeldt

Postdoctor, Unit of Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration at KTH, Working group Smart Society at Digital Futures, Co-PI WP2 of research project Towards a Smart Society – the role of Digital Futures
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Francesco Fuso-Nerini

Associate Professor at KTH ITM, Director of KTH Climate Action Centre, Working group Smart Society, Co-PI of project An AI-based framework for harmonizing climate policies and projects with the SDGs, Co-PI WP3 of research project Towards a Smart Society – the role of Digital Futures, Digital Futures Faculty