Urban Indicators is a centre-wide research project intended to bring together all of the UBDC's research in the goal of turning data into policy-relevant information.

It will generate outputs which inform policymaking and invite action on urban problems.

Debates stimulated by the indicators can lead to improved communication and exchange of information among stakeholders. New methods and approaches will be required to meet the challenge of analysing and interrogating large and complex data sets to generate indicators for different aspects of urban areas, including human and social aspects; particularly housing, economic development, transport, education, social exclusion and related areas.

Visualisation approaches are gaining increased momentum with the growth of open data sharing, data journalism and new media for interactive data communication. Effective presentation will help communicate data results and implications to our stakeholders, providing them with digestible information which can be understood and acted upon.

Work streams within this project include:

  • Urban Models and Simulations for Indicators (Fingleton and Pryce)
  • Statistical Sciences for Indicator Development (Scott)
  • Translational Research in Data Resource Development (Bailey)
  • Data Visualisation (Harris)


Project Lead: Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah
Researchers: Bernard FingletonGwilym PryceMarian ScottJinhyun HongNebiyou TilahunMark LivingstonNick BaileyRichard Harris, Katarzina Sila-Nowicka