Co-creation of the green smart city concept. Analysis of the maturity of municipalities in the Polish- German borderland region

Keywords: Local development, Sustainable development, Smart cities, Green smart city


This article discusses the results of research conducted in the Polish-German borderland region regarding the ecological maturity of municipalities in 2020. Our main thesis is that the ecological strength of municipalities lies in the diversity of approaches taken towards solving problems related to environmental protection, and in the continuous activation of municipalities in their pursuit of the “green smart city” model, which in turn contributes to raising the standard of living for the residents. The aim of the study is an attempt to assess the activity of municipalities in the Polish-German borderland region via a tool for studying the ecological maturity of municipalities. The following milestones were adopted in the research: surveying municipalities in the Polish-German borderland area in terms of their ecological maturity, conducting a comparative analysis of the survey results, and formulating recommendations for the further development of municipalities and ecological policy.


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Author Biographies

Ewa Łaźniewska, Poznan University of Economics

Professor at the Institute of Economics, Poznań University of Economics and Business. Establishes and runes an open interdisciplinary research environment connected with regional research and the digital economy. Operates international projects and commercialise knowledge in cooperation with business and administration. Publishes in scientific journals and have also authored six books. The latest one is currently in being published and deals with the relationships between the digital economy, resilience and regional development. Expert at the Ministry of Climate.

Izabela Janicka, Poznan University of Economics

Professor at the University of Economics in Poznań, works at the Department of Information Economics For many years he has been dealing with the issues of Polish-German relations after 1989 and the affairs of Germany’s internal policy. Her research interests include forms of modern communication and political marketing. Author of postgraduate studies “Ecology in business”, which introduce the issues of Circular Economy, sustainable development, clean production, CSR and building a green image of the company. Member of the Rector’s Committee for Ecology. In 2016-2020, she was the chairman of the Poznań circle of the Green Party and a member of the National Council. The leader of the Green Party list in the 2018 local government elections and the party’s candidate to the Sejm as part of the Civic Coalition in 2019.

Tomasz Gorecki, Adam Mickiewicz University

Professor at the Department of Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. His main research interests include methods of artificial intelligence, machine learning and time series analysis and their applications. He has many years of experience in cooperation with industry, including Lidl and Samsung, where he worked, among others, on demand and inventory forecasting systems and intelligent voice systems. In addition, for many years he has been cooperating with specialists in other fields of science, such as economics, chemistry, geography, or transport, combining practice with theory. He is the author of over 80 scientific papers and 3 books.


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How to Cite
ŁaźniewskaE., JanickaI., & GoreckiT. (2021). Co-creation of the green smart city concept. Analysis of the maturity of municipalities in the Polish- German borderland region. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 14(3), 319-342.