Nick Bailey has been Director of the Centre since August 2018, having formerly served as Associate Director since the Centre’s inception in 2014. He is a Professor in Urban Studies, based in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Alongside his role in the Urban Big Data Centre, he is also on the leadership group of the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland.
Nick is interested in how neighbourhoods shape our lives and how divisions between richer and poorer areas within the city are created and maintained. He is also interested in broader issues of poverty and social exclusion.
Nick seeks to combine academic research with work which informs public policy and public debates. A key interest in recent years has been in whether local public services are equally available to all, and in who is losing out as local government funding is dramatically reduced. He sees the Urban Big Data Centre as a unique opportunity to understand how different services affect our lives. Given the pressures to reduce public expenditure, he sees great potential in using Big Data to identify effective forms of preventative spend – how an investment in one service now can save money in the longer term.