The rise of smart cities

The future: a period of time yet to come, what will happen or exist, an expectation of success and progression.

With such a simple definition, ‘the future’ – however changeable – is monumental in both meaning and impact.

So, what does this mean for the lives we lead and how exactly do we navigate through such uncertainty?

This issue of the University of Derby Magazine explores a range of different perspectives and challenges concerning the future of our city, country and wider world, including the role technology has to play in elevating and advancing the cities we inhabit and whether Derby could become a ‘smart city’.

We also consider the ecological impact of our pets on the planet, examine how society is facing a challenging future for social care, investigate the future of the tourism industry in a post-Brexit era, and question whether social media platforms and their army of influencers can survive the test of time.

Headshot of Kelly Tyler, Editor, smiling

While the future – with its mystery and unpredictability – can appear daunting, what is clear is that with it comes many great opportunities to seize.

Kelly Tyler
Editor

You will also gain insight into the competitive and fast-moving education sector, which faces the unprecedented challenge of ensuring people have the skills, knowledge and experience required in preparation for jobs that do not yet exist, in a world that generations are yet to inherit.

While the future – with its mystery and unpredictability – can appear daunting, what is clear is that with it comes many great opportunities to seize.

We hope this issue provokes thoughts about what the future may look like for you, the sector in which you work, and the environment in which you live – and encourages you to think about how you embrace the opportunity to make your mark.

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