• Pechladda Pechpakdee Mahasarakham University
Keywords: Secondary City, Smart City, City Municipality, Khon Kaen, THAILAND


By exploring the definitions, theories, conceptual frameworks and criteria of secondary cities, this paper aims to discuss the interrelationship of five factors of secondary cities in the northeast of Thailand and Khon Kaen city. In particular, this paper will analyze the interrelationships of policy and smart city development at the state and local level. This research has employed both qualitative and the quantitative data from secondary sources to find the factors that contribute to the development of secondary cities in the northeast. After indicating the factors, this paper discusses the development of Khon Kaen smart city as one of the secondary cities supported by the Thai government. The findings of this paper illustrate that the development of Khon Kaen smart city is related to the development of secondary cities in the northeast. There are three aspects to discuss the related issues between secondary and smart cities, as follows: 1. a smart city is a secondary shift of infrastructure development in Khon Kaen, following the first shift of infrastructure development under the First National Development Plan; 2. Khon Kaen and other selective smart cities are considered from seven secondary cities based on the centralized view of the government; and 3. a smart city is essential for state or government security.


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How to Cite
Pechpakdee, P. (2020). SECONDARY CITIES AND SMART CITIES: A CASE STUDY OF KHON KAEN, THAILAND. Social Science Asia, 6(4), 73-89. Retrieved from
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