Research methods

UBDC is committed to openness and transparency in our work, sharing and explaining our methodologies. We are also helping to develop better methods for collecting and analysing smart data.

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Urban sensing

Sensing technologies and advanced analytical methodologies enable us to collect and process higher quality smart datasets to better inform urban policies.

Impact stories

£1m investment pledged in response to Hot Homes project

Responding directly to the issues highlighted in our Hot Homes project - UBDC’s innovative collaboration with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Southwark Council has pledged £1m to protect their most vulnerable dwellings from the worst impacts of climate change.

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Shaping housing policy with Zoopla data analysis

Analysis of Zoopla data, held under licence by the Urban Big Data Centre, has informed two significant projects focusing on homelessness and housing requirements for lower-income households.

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Waterproofing Data Project - Full report and resources

The ESRC Celebrating Impact Award winning, Waterproofing Data project engaged local people from marginalised communities, including school children and the elderly, to map flood prone areas and generate new data on past and present flood events.

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Using spare CCTV to monitor activity on city streets

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) is working closely with Glasgow City Council (GCC) to develop innovative methods for monitoring activity on Glasgow’s streets using excess on the city’s extensive CCTV network.

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Workforce challenges in Adult Social Care

Researchers shed light on workforce challenges in adult social care, using an expansive dataset held by UBDC looking at workforce challenges in adult social care.

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How to 'REPAIR' our high streets

Researchers from UBDC and the Universities of Glasgow, Sheffield and UCL conducted a mixed method study called Real Estate, Place Adaptation and Innovation within an integrated Retailing system.

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Scottish Local Government during COVID-19: Data Needs, Capabilities, and Uses

The Urban Big Data Centre carried out an in-depth analysis of Scottish local government’s data engagement between autumn 2020 and spring 2021.

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Older people and sedentary behaviour: what’s the connection with the environment?

UBDC assisted with a research project contrasting the relationships between sedentary behaviour measures on the one hand and neighbourhood measures on the other.

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Using weather data to understand usage of Glasgow’s cycle hire scheme

The Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) approached UBDC for help with a report on active, sustainable travel that the GCPH was preparing on Glasgow City Council’s cycle hire scheme.

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Participatory analytics

With our global partners - academics, local and national governments, disaster risk resilience organisations, and grassroot communities - we are committed to participatory approaches in our research to address social inequalities and deliver equitable and sustainable outcomes.

The Glasgow CCTV Object Detection project

The Glasgow CCTV Object Detection project

The Glasgow CCTV Object Detection platform aims to improve public understanding of mobility and traffic patterns across Glasgow.

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Is home where the heat is?

Is home where the heat is?

In this blog, the sensor-enhanced housing surveys project team explain how they developed a cost-effective methodology to examine air quality, energy consumption, energy performance and the impacts on fuel poverty and health.

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Introducing the Waterproofing Data dashboard v.0.0.1

Introducing the Waterproofing Data dashboard v.0.0.1

In this blog, Andy Clarke and Professor João Porto de Albuquerque introduce the latest instalment from the Waterproofing Data project - a public web platform presenting maps and charts visualising flood-related data in Brazil.

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