How to Cite
Silva-Martins J. V., & Gonzales-Taco P. W. (2020). Urban mobility in the context of smart cities: a bibliometric and content analysis. Procesos Urbanos, 7(2), e497.


This article intends to present how the dimensions of urban mobility have been discussed in the context of smart cities in academic articles. For that, an exploratory study of the literature was applied through a bibliometric analysis for the quantitative verification of the data and content for the qualitative evaluation. From a refinement, 377 articles were found between 2012 and 2020. The main results point to an increase in publications on the subject and show that urban mobility portrays a new stage, provided by technological innovations, which is being characterized as intelligent mobility.


Copyright (c) 2020 Procesos Urbanos

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Ahvenniemi, H., Huovila, A., Pinto-Seppa, I., & Airaksinen, M. (2017). What are the differences between sustainable and smart cities?. Cities, 60, 233-245. Doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.09.009

Albino, V., Barardi, U., & Dangelico, R.M. (2015). Smart Cities: Definitions, Dimensions, Performance, and Initiatives. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(1), 3-21. Doi: 10.1080/10630732.2014.942092

Bardin, L., (1977). Análise de conteúdo. Lisboa, Portugal: Presses Universitaires de France.

Bauer, M.W., & Gaskell, G., (2002). Pesquisa qualitativa com texto, imagem e som: um manual prático. Petrópolis, Brasil: Vozes.

Caragliu, A., Del Bo, C., & Nijcamp, P. (2011). Smart Cities in Europe. Journal of Urban Technology, 18(2), 65-82. Doi: 10.1080/10630732.2011.601117

Chun, B., Lee, S. (2015). Review on ITS in smart city. Advanced Science and Technology Letters, 98, 52–54. Doi: 10.14257/astl.2015.98.14

Department of Economic and Social Affairs of United Nations - DESA. (2019). World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights. Nova Iorque, Estados Unidos: United Nations.

Derudder, B., Liu, X.J., Hong, S., Ruan, S.H., Wang, Y.F., Witlox, F. (2019). The shifting position of the Journal of Transport Geography in ‘transport geography research’: A bibliometric analysis. Journal of Transport Geography, 81, n. 102538. Doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2019.102538

Djahel, S., Doolan, R., Muntean, G.-M., & Murphy, J. (2015). A Communications-Oriented Perspective on Traffic Management Systems for Smart Cities: Challenges and Innovative Approaches. IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 17(1), 125-151. Doi: 10.1109/COMST.2014.2339817

Ducruet, C., Panahu, R., Ng, A.K.Y., Jiang, C.M., & Afenyo, M. (2019). Between geography and transport: A scientometric analysis of port studies in Journal of Transport Geography. Journal of Transport Geography, 81, n. 102527. Doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2019.102527

Gao, C., Sun, M., Geng, Y., Wu, R., & Chen, W. (2016). A bibliometric analysis based review on wind power price. Applied Energy, 182, 602-612. Doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.08.144

Garau, C., Masala, F., & Pinna, F. (2016). Cagliari and smart urban mobility: Analysis and comparison. Cities, 56, 35-46. Doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.02.012

Giffinger, R., Fertner, C., Kramar, H., & Meijers, E. (2007). City-ranking of European medium-sized cities. Centre of Regional Science Vienna UT, 1-12.

Graham, G., Burns, L., Hennelly, P., & Meriton, R. (2019). Electric sports cars and their impact on the component sourcing process. Business Process Management Journal, 25(3), 438-455. Doi: 10.1108/BPMJ-11-2017-0335

Guevara, N.E.O., Diaz, C.O., Sguerra, M.D., Martinez, M.H., Agudelo, O.A., Suarez, J.A.R, Rodriguez, A.R.M., Acuna G.A.A., Garcia, A.C.L. (2019). Towards the design and implementation of a Smart City in Bogota, Colombia. Revista Facultad de Ingenieria-Universidad de Antioquia, 93, 41-56. Doi: 10.17533/udea.redin.20190407

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística – IBGE. (2018). Projeção da população do Brasil e das Unidades da Federação. Recuperado de

International Organization for Standardization – ISO (2019). ISO 37122:2019 - Sustainable cities and communities — Indicators for smart cities. Genebra, Suíça: ISO 2019.

International Organization for Standardization – ISO (2020). ISO 37156:2020 - Smart community infrastructures - Guidelines on data exchange and sharing for smart community infrastructures. Genebra, Suíça: ISO 2020.

ISO/IEC JTC 1 (2015). Smart cities: Preliminary Report 2014. Genebra, Suíça: ISO 2015.

Kummitha, R., & Crutzen, N. (2017). How do we understand smart cities? An evolutionary perspective. Cities, 67, 43-52. Doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.04.010

Letaifa, S.B. (2015). How to strategize smart cities: Revealing the SMART model. Journal of Business Research, 68(7), 1414-1419. Doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.01.024

Liu, W.J., Wang, J.S., Li, C., Chen, B.X., & Sun, Y.F. (2019). Using Bibliometric Analysis to Understand the Recent Progress in Agroecosystem Services Research. Ecological Economics, 156, 293-305. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.09.001

Lopes, I., & Oliveira, P. (2017). Can a small city be considered a smart city?. Procedia Computer Science, 121, 617-624. Doi: 10.1016/j.procs.2017.11.081

Lyons, G. (2018). Getting smart about urban mobility – Aligning the paradigms of smart and sustainable. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 115, 4-14. Doi: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.12.001

Mariano, A.M., & Rocha, M. (2017). Revisão da Literatura: Apresentação de uma Abordagem Integradora. XXVI Congreso Internacional de la Academia Europea de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (AEDEM), 427-443.

Mehmood, R., Meriton, R., Graham, G., Hennelly, P., & Kumar, M. (2017). Exploring the Influence of Big Data on City Transport Operations: a Markovian Approach. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 37(1), 75-104. Doi: 10.1108/IJOPM-03-2015-0179

Menouar, H., Guvenc, I., Akkaya, K., Uluagac, A.S., Kadri, A., Tuncer, A. (2017). UAV-enabled intelligent transportation systems for the smart city: Applications and challenges. IEEE Communications Magazine, 55(3), 22-28. Doi: 10.1109/MCOM.2017.1600238CM

Mora, L., Bolici, R., & Deakin, M. (2017). The First Two Decades of Smart-City Research: A Bibliometric Analysis. Journal of Urban Technology, 24(1), 3-27. Doi: 10.1080/10630732.2017.1285123

Most, F., Conejo, F.J., & Cunningham, L.F. (2018). Bridging past and present entrepreneurial marketing research: a co-citation and bibliographic coupling analysis. Journal of Research Marketing Entrepreneurship, 20(2), 229-251. Doi: 10.1108/JRME-11-2017-0049

Neirotti, P., De Marco, A., Cagliano, A.C., Mangano, G., & Scorrano, F. (2014). Current trends in Smart City initiatives: Some stylised facts. Cities, 38, 25-36. Doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2013.12.010

Ning, Z., Xia, F., Ullah, N., Kong, X., & Hu, X. (2017). Vehicular social networks: Enabling smart mobility. IEEE Communications Magazine, 55(5), 16-55. Doi: 10.1109/MCOM.2017.1600263

Nowicka, K. (2014). Smart City Logistics on Cloud Computing Model. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 151, 266-281. Doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.10.025.

Papa, E., & Lauwers, D. (2015). Smart mobility: Opportunity or threat to innovate places and cities? 20th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society - REAL CORP 2015, 543–550.

Pereira, G.R.B., Guimarães, L.G., Junior, L.A., Neto, A.R., & Mendonça, C.M. (2019). Análise bibliométrica em publicações relacionadas a logística e mobilidade urbana no contexto de smart city. Revista Tecnologia e Sociedade, 15(36), 58-76. Doi: 10.3895/rts.v15n36.8148

Prashar, A., & Sunder, M.V. (2020). A bibliometric and content analysis of sustainable development in small and medium-sized enterprises. Journal of Cleaner Production, 245, 118665. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118665

Romano, A.B., Taco, P.W.G., Mariano, A..M, & Feitosa, Z.O. (2018). Revisão bibliométrica dos fatores que influenciam o uso de bicicleta fazendo uso da teoria do enfoque meta analítico consolidado (TEMAC). 32 Congresso de Pesquisa e Ensino em Transporte da ANPET, 2726-2737.

Waltman, L., van Eck, N.J., & Noyons, E.C.M. (2010). A unified approach to mapping and clustering of bibliometric networks. Journal of Informetrics, 4(4), 629-635. Doi: 10.1016/j.joi.2010.07.002

Wu, L., Wnag, W., Jing, P., Chen, Y., Zhan, F., Shi, Y., Li, T. (2020). Travel mode choice and their impacts on environment – a literature review based on bibliometric and content analysis, 2000-2018. Journal of Cleaner Production, 249, n. 119391. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119391

Yigitcanlar, T., Fabian, L., & Coiacetto, E. (2008). Challenges to urban transport sustainability and smart transport in a tourist city: The gold Coast, Australia. The Open Transportation Journal, 2, 29–46. Doi: 10.2174/1874447800802010029

Zacepins, A., Kviesis, A., Komasilovs, V., & Bumanis, N. (2019). Model for Economic Comparison of Different Transportation Means in the Smart City. Baltic Journal of Modern Computing, 7(3), 354-363. Doi: 10.22364/bjmc.2019.7.3.03

Zanella, A., Bui, N., Castellani, A., Vangelista, L., & Zorzi, M. (2014). Internet of Things for Smart Cities. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 1(1), 22-32. Doi: 10.1109/JIOT.2014.2306328

Zhao, D.Z., & Strotmann, A. (2011). Counting first, last, or all authors in citation analysis: a comprehensive comparison in the highly collaborative stem cell research field. Journal of The American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(4), 654-676. Doi: 10.1002/asi.21495

Zhong, S.Z., Geng, Y., Liu, W.J., maGao, C.X., & Chen, W. (2016). A bibliometric review on natural resource accounting during 1995-2014. Journal of Cleaner Production, 139, 122-132. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.08.039

Zupic, I., & Čater, T. (2015). Bibliometric methods in management and organization. Organizational Research Methods, 18(3), 429-472. Doi: 10.1177/1094428114562629
Sistema OJS 3 - Metabiblioteca |