Zwick explores the relationship between technology and cities
In his new
book, “The Platform Economy and the Smart City: Technology and the
Transformation of Urban Policy” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021),
Maxwell School faculty member Austin Zwick explores the intersection between
urban planning and technological change.
innovations change the way we live and work, municipal governments are
struggling to keep up with new demands to regulate novel industries and
streamline service delivery. This march toward the future holds both promise
and peril for local governments, asserts Zwick. He highlights the need for
cities to rethink their historical approach as reactive policymakers, but
rather embrace and harness innovate technologies into proactive governance.
This transformation is the essence of what makes a city a “smart city,” he
Zwick is an
assistant teaching professor and the assistant director of the Policy Studies
Program at the Maxwell School. He received a Ph.D. from the University of
Toronto in 2018. His research focuses on technological change and the resulting
social and economic transformation.