Barcelona and Madrid are Spain’s smartest cities, according to the IESE Cities in Motion (ICIM) index 2015. The survey is developed by the Center for Globalization and Strategy (CGS) under the direction of professors Pascual Berrone and Joan Enric Ricart.
According to the ranking, the global top ten is headed by London, followed by New York, Seoul, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Tokyo, Geneva, Singapore and Munich. Barcelona stands out for its global standards in human capital, governance, urban planning and technology, as well as its international outlook, for which it places sixth globally. As for Madrid, it performs strongly on mobility and transport (7th) and international outlook (13th).
The study analyzes the level of development of 148 cities in 57 countries across 66 indicators covering 10 main areas. The five most important areas are:
- Governance – the extent to which the citizen is the main focal point in the solutions developed for the challenges facing cities
- Urban planning – creating compact, well-connected cities with accessible public services
- Public management – actions aimed at improving the efficiency of local and central administration
- Technology – meaning primarily information and communication technologies (ITC)
- Environment – anti-pollution plans, level of support offered for ecological buildings, alternative energies, efficient water management and the fight against climate change.
The full text of the report is available here.