Smart Cities Accelerator

SCA was a research and innovation project that explored the integration of new “smart” technologies in urban infrastructures and public buildings in Scandinavia.



In order to optimize the use of renewable energy and reduce CO2 emissions, the project strived to apply context-driven understandings of urban development and human-technology interactions in new solutions within the municipal energy supply systems.

SCA took a cross-boundary approach and involved researchers from data science, anthropology, law and building engineering. The involved partners developed quantitative and qualitative context-based data about building conditions, technological development, social relations, organizational circumstances and political structures.


The project was a cross-disciplinary research and innovation initiative involving Danish and Swedish universities (University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark and University of Lund) and municipalities (the municipalities of Copenhagen, Høje Taastrup, Lund and Malmö).

The project furthermore intented to share results with public and private organizations and civil society.

SCA was financed by the EU program Interreg-ØK and ran from 2016 – 2019.







Simon Westergaard Lex was co-PI in the interdisciplinary project Smart Cities Accelerator.



Read more about the project here (Danish website).


The project was funded by:

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Project name: Smart Cities Accelerator

Period: 2016 - 2019

Co-principal investigator: Simon Westergaard Lex

Contact to researcher

Associate professor
Simon Westergaard Lex
Department of Anthropology
Phone: +45 35 32 34 58


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