Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 2

Multi-criteria analysis of smart cities in Poland

Karolina Ogrodnik

Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 2, pp. 163-181 | Full text


The primary objective of the work is to analyze the largest Polish cities in terms of the smart city indicators, which currently form one of the most important models of development. Special attention was paid to smart and sustainable solutions for public transport and infrastructure. An MCDM (Multiple Criteria Decision Making)/MCDA (Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis) method was used. First, the selected method (PROMETHEE) allowed to indicate the smartest and least smart cities with respect to six main dimensions: smart economy, smart people, smart governance, smart mobility, smart environment, and smart living. Secondly, the PROMETHEEmethod allowed compilation of a final ranking, taking into account publicly available indicators of the smart city concept. Finally, 43 smart city indicators that are available in public statistics were proposed. In addition to the primary goal of the study, i.e., diagnosis of Polish cities in terms of the global concept of smart city, a critical analysis of the availability of necessary statistical indicators was also carried out, indicating potential directions for database development.

Keywords: smart city, multi-criteria analysis, PROMETHEE method, ranking

Karolina Ogrodnik [], Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Białystok University of Technology Wiejska 45E, 15-351 Białystok: Poland