Implementation of age-friendly initiatives in smart cities: probing the barriers through a systematic review

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the barriers that hinder the implementation of age-friendly initiatives in smart cities. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic review of the literature was conducted using Scopus search engine. Relevant keywords were used to discover 81 publications in academic journals. The titles, abstracts, keywords and full texts of the publications were examined to select 39 publications that were relevant for identifying the barriers that hinder the implementation of age-friendly initiatives in smart cities. The contents of the 39 relevant publications were analysed to ascertain the key barriers. A system thinking approach was adopted to understand the interaction among the barriers. Findings: The study identified five key groups of barriers – namely physical barriers and environmental characteristics, technological barriers, social barriers, financial barriers and political barriers – that smart cities encountered or are likely to encounter in implementing age-friendly initiatives. Moreover, practical examples of good age-friendly implementation practices were highlighted. Research limitations/implications: A limitation of this study is in the number of publications reviewed. Despite the comprehensive review, the number of publications reviewed may not be exhaustive. This is justified by the inapplicability of considering all possible keywords in one review study. Practical implications: The systemic perspective of the barriers that hinder the implementation of age-friendly initiatives in smart cities would support policymakers in formulating policy recommendations to improve age-friendliness in cities. Originality/value: This study underscores the variable and dynamic nature of developing age-friendly smart cities and forms novel basis for gaining insights into the multiple factors that can promote the integration of age-friendly initiatives within smart cities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Age-friendly city
  • Barriers
  • Integrated conceptual model
  • Smart city
  • Systematic literature review
  • Urban ageing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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