UBDC Staff Research Projects

The UBDC supports urban research by a wide range of users.

We also conduct our own studies to generate new knowledge and insights for use in city planning and policymaking.

Learn more about our expanding research portfolio on the following pages within this section:

Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD)

This is a primary data collection effort in Glasgow involving the administration of several survey instruments to a statistically representative sample of respondents: (i) an Attitude, Beliefs and ...

Urban Indicators

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...

Integrated Urban Informatics for Shared and Intermodal Transport Planning and Operations

This project examines the potential of urban linked Big Data to support planning and operations of socially-just and sustainable transport systems. Specific interrelated research strands include: (...

Statistical linkage, uncertainty and inference in a complex urban data environment

Methodologies for matching datasets on the basis of individual records are well developed. Analysis of social data often requires combining information from various data observed at different spati...

Big Data Management

This project aims to understand the technical data management requirements underlying social science linked datasets and social science queries, and to investigate the development of one data manag...

Population movements and economic effect

Is immigration good for urban economies? This is one of the most pressing and politically sensitive social questions in the UK today, with profound implications for a range of policy decisions. Doe...

Understanding institutional, geographic and physical causes of social exclusion

The goal of this project is to develop an Agent Based Model (ABM) environment where different dimensions of social exclusion can be investigated simultaneously. The use of an Agent Based Model will...

Neighbourhoods, housing and educational opportunity

  Unequal educational outcomes are a key policy concern, reflecting vital national questions about the competitiveness of the UK and Scottish economies, and about social mobility and social justice...

Private rented housing and social justice

In the last 10 years the private rented sector has experienced rapid growth which has taken both policy-makers and academics by surprise. Geographical dispersion, diffuse ownership and mobile tenan...

Urban Transformations: Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality

Urbanization and urban transformation in China is one of the most important aspects of global development in the 21st century. The fast speed of changes and the complexity of development in major C...