Luis Miguel Salvador García


232,462 (2019)

Lead Innovation Officer

Francisco Aranda

Innovation is helping to:
  • Improve service delivery

  • Improve internal government operations

  • Simplify administrative procedures for firms and residents

  • Improve and attract partnerships with various industries

Critical success factors:
  • Dedicated funding

  • Dedicated innovation team

  • Human resource support

  • Leadership from Mayor

Spotlight on innovation in Granada

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, the city of Granada has developed a mobile application to facilitate access for individuals with reduced mobility (e.g. the elderly, wheelchair users, families with baby strollers) to their two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Albaicín and Sacromonte. Based on their mobility profile, users are presented a 3D visualization of the sites with optimal routes and detailed topographic information on stairs, slopes, and pavements. The app is one of the first initiatives undertaken within the framework of “Granada Human Smart City”, which aims to make the city more livable and sustainable based on innovative technologies.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Granada has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 20% of cities surveyed, Granada approaches innovation capacity from a holistic/macro level.

Policy areas that Granada is focused on

Granada does not prioritise policy sectors for its innovation work.

Policy areas by number of cities

Granada utilizes 3 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Data scientist
Communication officer
Innovation roles by number of cities

Granada has an innovation-related task group with delegates from different departments. The city’s dedicated innovation team consists of 2 staff.

Terms Granada most associates with innovation

Granada's most common innovation activities

Taking risks and testing new ideas
e.g. prototyping new programs or models to address a persistent city challenge
Human-centered design
e.g. prioritizing the end-user at each stage of the design process
Rethinking approaches to financing and partnerships
e.g. new public-private-partnerships; collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions
  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

How is innovation funded here?

Like 81% of cities surveyed, Granada has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

International/multilateral institution budget
International/multilateral institution budget
This refers to resources from international and/or multilateral institutions’ budgets (i.e. European Union)
Central/federal/national government budget
Central/federal/national government budget
This refers to funding in the form of budget support to city authorities. Example: Stockholm (Sweden) launched the Hub for Innovation, a three-year long project funded by Sweden's National Innovation Authority, Vinnova in 2017. The hub supports a more innovative working culture within the city hall.
Regional/State/Province/Territorial budget
Municipal budget
Municipal budget
This could include, for instance, City Council approved funds; operating budget; a special funding process (bond, Mayoral special initiative funding, etc.); and participatory budgeting / citizen-selected budgeting.

Activities being funded

Idea generation & brainstorming
Investing in digital systems
Investing in physical infrastructure
Paying for services
47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

Similar to 61% of participating cities in the 2020 survey, Granada's funding for innovation capacity is also directed towards training staff and building capacity*.

*"Training staff and building capacity" is not an option in the 2018 survey, while "Launching or sustaining a project" is not an option in the 2020 survey.

How is innovation measured?

Granada has developed partnerships to promote innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

To improve data use, the city has also developed data partnerships with the private sector, academia and think tanks to collect and analyze data.

Data availability by policy area


Sufficient data


Economic Development

Waste and sewage


Social welfare/social services

Social inclusion and equity

Policing and law enforcement

Public works

Labour market and skills

Government finance

Environment and climate change




Built environment

Insufficient data


Digital governance


No Response

Land use