Exploring the role of smart cities in supporting ageing-in-place in Chongqing, China

Ryan Woolrych, Manlin Li

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Through interviews with older adults and professionals in Chongqing, China, this paper explores the challenges and opportunities faced by smart cities that undertake to better support ageing‐in‐place.

We undertook a qualitative multi‐methods approach, engaging 46 professional stakeholders and 64 older people to examine the role of smart cities in enabling older people to age‐in‐place in Chongqing, China.

With the development of smart cities, technology has the potential to facilitate ageing‐in‐place by creating opportunities for heathy and active ageing. This study identified specific priorities in delivering age‐friendly smart cities, including the following: shaping smart environments around the everyday lives of older people, designing inclusive and equitable smart cities and ensuring strong forms of institutional governance, trust and relationship building with older people.

The age‐friendly city and communities movement (AFCC) and smart city policy instruments have potential for realising active ageing by supporting mobility, access to services and civic participation. However, there exists a disconnect between smart city policy and practice in delivering tangible well‐being outcomes for older people. Addressing this requires greater cross‐sectoral working, reconciling smart city policy priorities with AFCC domains and creating the institutional and governance framework to enable socially sustainable cities to support ageing‐in‐place.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralasian Journal on Aging
Early online date19 Mar 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2024


  • age-friendly health systems
  • ageing well
  • digital health technology
  • policy making
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care


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