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Eric Woods, Research Director

Eric Woods

Eric Woods is a research director leading Navigant Research’s coverage of smart cities. In this role, he brings together his research experience across energy, mobility, buildings, and government. He has more than 23 years of experience as an analyst and consultant on new technology trends, including in-depth research in the areas of IT infrastructure, data analytics, knowledge management, public sector IT, and cleantech innovation. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is quoted regularly in major publications.

Woods has worked on consultancy assignments for a wide range of clients, including public and private sector technology users and global suppliers, as well as many small and growing technology companies. Before joining Navigant Research, Woods was government practice director at Ovum. Prior to joining Ovum, Woods worked as an analyst, developer, and project manager in public sector IT. Woods holds an MSc in information systems from the University of Brighton and a Ph.D. in English literature, an MA in critical theory, and a BA in English from the University of Sussex.

Recent Reports

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  • Smart Cities and Energy Storage

    Urban energy use is being considered as an element of the smart city concept known as smart energy. Smart energy technologies are increasingly expected to help address the sustainability needs of smart cities to reduce carbon-intensive peak energy use and develop resilient energy systems. Navigant Research anticipates that the emerg...

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  • Navigating the Urban Energy Transformation

    Building Smart and Sustainable Future Cities

    The importance of cities to the development of a sustainable, global economy is widely recognized. City leaders around the world have been making commitments to deliver the necessary reduction in urban emissions to meet global climate goals. Achieving these targets will require a combination of new energy solutions, new technologies...

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  • UK Smart Cities Index 2017

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution for the UK’s Leading Smart Cities

    Since the last UK Smart Cities Index report was published in 2016, a series of global and local political changes have been reshaping the political and economic landscape in ways yet to be clear. This has only increased the focus on the role cities play in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the UK. In parallel, the mom...

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  • Navigant Research Leaderboard: Smart City Suppliers

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 16 Smart City Suppliers

    The drivers behind the smart city market include some of the most challenging global developments, including the continued growth in urbanization, the need to reduce city emissions and better manage resource consumption, and growing economic and environmental pressure on cities. These developments are entangled with rapid technology...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Evolving Smart City Strategies: Five Trends and a New Challenge

    December 5, 2017

    During research for the UK Smart Cities Index 2017, we had the opportunity to discuss the current state of smart city development with smart city leaders and other key stakeholders. They are now seeing years of work on developing city innovation programs coming to fruition as smart city programs become central to city strategies and...

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  • UK Cities Are Embedding Smart City Principles in City Policy

    November 7, 2017

    My previous blog summarized five of the Innovation Awards spotlighted in the UK Smart Cities Index 2017, commissioned by Huawei, which assess the 20 leading smart cities in the UK. Those awards focused on five key smart city service areas: transportation, health, energy, education, and public safety. Equally important are the cross-...

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  • Bristol Claims Top Spot as UK Cities Step Up Innovation Programmes

    November 3, 2017

    The UK Smart Cities Index 2017, commissioned by Huawei, provides a timely review of the progress of smart cities in the UK and offers insights for urban innovation projects around the world. Bristol gains the top spot in the new index, a reflection of the city’s continued investment in programmes such as Bristol Is Open and the gr...

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  • Realizing the Potential of Street Lighting Networks

    July 27, 2017

    Navigant Research expects 73 million connected street lights to be deployed globally by 2026. This will be an immense asset for cities able to use these smart nodes as part of an emerging city mesh of sensors and smart devices. However, while the potential of smart street lighting is clear, there are still several hurdles to faster ...

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Recent Press Releases

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