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What part does city and regional governance play in how a city-level digital twin develops?

It is necessary to understand the ways in which governance for digital twins is bound by context and the ways in which it is generalisable in order to successfully transfer knowledge and best practices among different cities within the UK and beyond. This study investigates how existing governance systems – both in terms of their structural and cultural characteristics – influence a city’s digital twin. It followed the development of a digital twin prototype for the Cambridge area in order to determine how existing local governance of data and digital technology influences the implementation of a city-level digital twin.


The study highlights the need for better transparency and collaboration across the governance landscape to engage citizens and increase trust.


Literature review

Case study

Comparative analysis

Next Steps

Further work could replicate this work in other contexts in order to inform the developing relationship between digital twins and governance frameworks.

Presentation at CDBB 2019 Week

Project Status

This project was compledted in 2019