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Urban Analytics

Urban Analytics

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December 2017 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The economic and political situation of cities has shifted in recent years in light of rapid growth amidst infrastructure decline, the suburbanization of poverty and inner city revitalization. At the same time, the way that data are used to understand urban systems has changed dramatically. 

Urban Analytics offers a field-defining look at the challenges and opportunities of using new and emerging data to study contemporary and future cities through methods including GIS, Remote Sensing, Big Data and Geodemographics.

Written in an accessible style and packed with illustrations and interviews from key urban analysts, this is a groundbreaking new textbook for students of urban planning, urban design, geography, and the information sciences.

Questioning the City through Urban Analytics
Sensing the City
Urban Data Infrastructure
Visualizing the City
Differences within Cities
Explaining the City
Generative Urban Systems
Cities as Networks and Flows
The Future of Urban Analytics

This is a comprehensive and timely consolidation of current thinking about urban analytics. The book is fizzing with new ideas, and brimming with practical examples of the science of doing. Compulsive student reading.

Paul Longley
Professor of Geographic Information Science, University College London

Urban analytics is fast emerging as the core set of tools employed to deal with problems of big data, urban simulation, and demographics. This book is essential reading to all those involved in this newly emergent field, providing a new arsenal of analytic tools to make sense of how cities are being restructured.

Michael Batty
Professor of Spatial Analysis and Planning, University College London

Urban Analytics neatly interweaves an introduction to this emerging field, with an accessible discussion of enduring themes and new approaches in quantitative geography. An engaging text that will appeal to students in a range of disciplines.

David O'Sullivan
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Berkeley

This excellent starter text captures the excitement and enthusiasm of a new kind of urban research: one that exploits the vast new data resources that are becoming available, from social media, crowdsourcing, and sensor networks; and makes use of the unprecedented power of today's computer technology. It fills an important gap, and will be an essential text for students in a wide range of disciplines, from civil, infrastructure, and transportation engineering to geography, planning, and urban studies.

Michael Goodchild
Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Urban analytics has come of age!  This textbook by three leading scholars in data-driven and computational urban science is needed and welcome.  It is a fantastic resource for educating the next generation of urban scholars.

Harvey J. Miller
Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science and Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio State University

Urban Analytics is a great introductory text for getting familiar with logics and perspectives characterising the analysis, interpretation and representation of urban data. It is a highly valuable work for urban scholars who are familiar with qualitative approaches, but would like to gain a deeper understanding of the ways data and computational techniques allow us to understand and gain meaningful knowledge of cities and urban phenomena.

Alberto Vanolo
Professor of Political and Economic Geography, University of Turin, Italy

Urban analytics is integral to city infrastructure, and it is hugely important that people understand the implication and uses of City data. This book accessibly explains the underlying concepts of urban analytics for students and interested professionals. I believe this book will be very helpful, and will recommend it for my students and (business) partners in city data projects.

Nanda Piersma
Professor of Urban Analytics, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Sample Materials & Chapters

Questioning the City Through Urban Analytics

Alex D. Singleton

Alex Singleton is Professor of Geographic Information Science at the University of Liverpool, where he entered as a lecturer in 2010. He holds a BSc (Hons) Geography from the University of Manchester and a PhD from University College London. To date, his research income totals around £15m, with two career highlights including the ESRC funded Consumer Data Research Centre; and the recently awarded ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in New Forms of Data. Alex’s research is embedded within the Geographic Data Science Lab ( and concerns various aspects of urban analytics. In particular, his work has extended a... More About Author

Seth Spielman

Seth Spielman is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado.  His expertise is in the intersection of maps, statistics, and machine learning.  He has received the Breheny Prize for work in Urban Analytics, a distinguished scholar award in Planning from the American Association of Geographers, and was profiled in the journal  Science as an archetype of a new generation of data-centric geographers. His publications have appeared in a diverse set of journals including PNAS, PlosOne, Demography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and the International Journal... More About Author

David Folch

David Folch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University. His research focuses on spatial analytical methods, with a contextual interest in US cities and neighborhoods. His approach to research sits at the intersection of geography, economics and computer science, which in practice means merging geographic and economic theories with high-performance computing and large datasets to address research questions with distinctly spatial manifestations. His work has involved developing improved measures for residential segregation and the creation of spatial approaches for reducing uncertainty in American... More About Author

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