The Urban Big Data Research Centre (UBDRC) provides a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion.

The Centre brings together an internationally-outstanding combination of researchers and data, focused on the City of Glasgow but linked to extensive local, national and international networks and facilities. The project is led by University of Glasgow, with the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Reading, Bristol and Illinois-Chicago as partners.

The aims of the UBDRC are to:

  • establish a facility for urban research, products and services by creating a multi-sectoral linked urban Big Data infrastructure
  • deliver a programme of cutting-edge research on urban planning, policy, dynamic resource management, and business innovations, towards improving social justice, lifelong learning, urban engagement and smart/future city technologies
  • provide outreach, training and knowledge exchange activities.

Our work draws on urban and regional modelling, and methods from computational, statistical, data science, and complex systems approaches for transformative theoretical understanding and knowledge discovery regarding substantive urban challenges.