The Bodø perspective at the world's biggest Smart City conference

HCL researchers and other workshop participants outside the conference venue in Barcelona
What does the High North have in common with Barcelona and other cities around the world? We organised a workshop to discover the answer.

​On November 16, The EduSmart project team from the High North Center at the Nord University Business School in Bodø organized a workshop at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2022​. 

The conference took place in Barcelona and the workshop was called “Knowledge and Competence for Smart City Governance and Management: Building research-practice bridge in the High North”. This was for a wide range of stakeholders, both academics, public sector practitioners and other people who are setting the standard for smart city initiatives.

Communities and practitioners​

The workshop started with insightful presentations on smart and sustainable cities and communities in the High North by Evgenii Aleksandrov and Elena Dybtsyna. Both are Associate Professors at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University Business School.


Smart Communities: Associate Professor Elena Dybtsyna from the High North Centrer talked about sustainable cities. 

The academic presentations were followed by the perspectives of practitioners. Cityloops Project Manager Tor Gausemel from Bodø Municipality spoke about “Technology and innovation for smart and sustainable development in Bodø and beyond”. 

Smart Transport Bodø project leader at Nordland County Administration, Rune Eiterjord, gave us insights on Smarter Transport Bodø project.

Postdoctoral Researcher from the University of Oulu in Finland, Sari Hirvonen-Kantola, gave insights about about stakeholder management in Positive Energy District project in Finland.​​

​Affiliate Professor and former Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska in Anchorage in USA, Heather Hudson, talked about smart communities in Alaska and Northern Canada.

Future leaders

Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University Business School, Elena Zhurova Sæther, discussed the possibilities of bridging practice, research, and education for smart sustainable cities in the High North.


Panel: Open panel discussion at the end of the seminar. 

The workshop concluded with an open discussion about facilitating knowledge and competencies of future leaders in the High North and beyond, moderated by Associate Professor at High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University Business School, Igor Khodachek.

In addition, we attended several informative events during the expo.

Our partners from Bodø Municipality and Nordland County presented their fascinating projects in the THE NORDICS + exhibition.

Project partners: Julie Hinderaker Hagevik from Bodø Municipality (left) and Rune Eiterjord from Nordland County.


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