Big Data Applications in Geography and Planning

An Essential Companion

Edited by Mark Birkin, Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy, School of Geography and Director, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Graham Clarke, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK, Jonathan Corcoran, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland and Robert Stimson, AM, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Queensland, and Honorary Professorial Fellow of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia

This unique book demonstrates the utility of big data approaches in human geography and planning. Offering a carefully curated selection of case studies, it reveals how researchers are accessing big data, what this data looks like and how such data can offer new and important insights and knowledge.

‘This is a very timely book featuring a collection of contributions from some of the world’s leading scholars working in the equivalent of social science’s “Wild West” – the world of Big Data. This book is indeed an essential companion for anyone wishing to understand the breadth of opportunities and challenges presented by data which lie outside of the traditional official statistics disseminated by governments. It will provide inspiration for those willing to take themselves out of their comfort zone and a glimpse of what is possible.’
– Adam Dennett, University College London, UK

‘This collection demonstrates just how far “big data” research in geography and planning has come. With chapters spanning multiple countries and geographic contexts, the authors show how these new forms of data can provide valuable insights in a wide range of real-world applications in population geography and urban planning. At the same time, the limitations of big data are critically addressed and the importance of theory recognised. Contributed by many leading scholars, this volume will help to inform and inspire future work in this fast-developing field.’
– Nick Bailey, University of Glasgow, UK

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