Urban Data Research Centre awarded new funding

The Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow has been awarded £5 million to continue its pioneering work promoting the use of big data and innovative methods to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in cities.

The Centre will be jointly funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the University of Glasgow for the next five years. As well as continuing to pioneer the science of urban analytics, the Centre will work closely with government and industry to ensure the benefits of that research are maximised.

The funding announcement will be shared with an audience of senior stakeholders from academia, industry, the public sector, and the third sector at a showcase event on ‘Shaping Cities Through Urban Analytics’ taking place today in Glasgow. It will celebrate the impacts the centre has achieved to date in four key research strands: Transport and Mobility; Education and Skills; Housing and Neighbourhoods; and Urban Analytics. The event also provides the opportunity to share the Centre’s vision for the future of urban analytics.

Professor Nick Bailey, Professor of Urban Studies and Director of the Urban Big Data Centre, said: “In its first five years, UBDC has established itself at the cutting edge of this fast-developing field.

“We have secured access to a wide variety of novel forms of data from social media to business transactions to satellite imagery. We have advanced the methods used to turn these data into useful knowledge. And we have shown how this knowledge can help us address real-world challenges facing our cities such as the promotion of healthier travel choices.

“Over the next five years, we look forward to building on these foundations, expanding the range of applications and working with a wider range of partners.”

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice Principal of the University of Glasgow and Head of the College of Social Sciences, said: “The UBDC is a hugely successful and valued part of Glasgow’s research environment and we are committed to the growth of its urban data science capacity in the coming years.

“UBDC enables exciting interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of social sciences, computing science, engineering and statistics, as well as a range of multi-faceted partnerships with the private and public sectors. The research excellence and collaborative partnerships catalysed by UBDC continue to be a fundamental pillar of our research strategy.”

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