To be a smart city is to know what your people want and need. And smart city leaders make sure residents can tell them by using technology to maintain a constant two-way flow of information.
Local governance can have a real effect - positive or negative - on the quality of schooling.
Politicians on the left and right object to this practice, which the Trump administration is championing.
Not everyone can afford to pay for solar panels up front, but local planners can help disadvantaged households overcome energy poverty in several ways.
Why did some Texas coastal cities order mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Harvey while others, including Houston, did not? There is no formula for these decisions; either choice can backfire.
Are different ways of governing emerging from South Africa's cities governed by opposition coalitions?
A new report from the Climate Council details the climate policy ambitions of Australian cities and local governments, and launches a new project to link their efforts together.
Despite the surge of community support after the Grenfell Tower fire, the failure of the local council and the government to respond appropriately has caused anger, offence and further suffering.
The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have painted starkly different views of U.S. cities during the campaign. Will the next president deliver the funding and political support mayors are seeking?
Understanding animal management and making it work better for our interspecies society will benefit humans and dogs alike.
The draft agenda for the UN urban development conference in Quito neglects the food systems on which the wellbeing of the world's 4 billion city dwellers depends.
Various commentators have wrongly over the last 22 years said that black people voted blindly for ANC governments. There's no better example why the academy needs a dramatic post-colonial overhaul.
Falling revenues and cuts are threatening a crucial lifeline for those living in country areas.
South Africa's university students have shown that they can have an impact on the political landscape. That's why it's so important that they exercise their right to vote.
British people clearly want to 'take back control' – and Brexit might just give them the chance.
Millions of people need to be confident that suitable public toilets will be available when they leave their homes. A shortage of such facilities is a serious problem for an ageing population.
The brouhaha over South Africa's upcoming high-stakes municipal elections hides critically important questions about the continued relevance of local government amid growing public disaffection.
The Resilient Melbourne Strategy, adopted this month, marks a shift towards “whole-of-city” thinking.
Evidence from the UK experience suggests there are pros and cons in both City Deals and Devolution Deals.