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Measuring Socio-economic Diversity, Deprivation and Gentrification in London

Mirco Musolesi on the power of new forms of urban data

Measuring Socio-economic Diversity, Deprivation and Gentrification in London

Dr Mirco Musolesi (UCL Geography), in collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, and Queen Mary, University of London, has been investigating the use of geo-social network data in studying socio-economic diversity, deprivation and gentrification in London.

The work was presented in Montreal on 13th April, at the 25th International Conference on the World Wide Web, the premiere conference in this research area.

Social network data is one of the emerging “new forms of data” that allows researchers and practitioners to study socio-economic and urban phenomena, such as social diversity and gentrification, in real-time and at scale not possible just a few years ago.

Mirco explains:

“This study shows the power of these new forms of data, which are truly changing the way we understand our cities and our society as a whole. This is an example of how computational models can effectively be applied to understand changes in people’s lifestyles and the environment we live in.  I believe that the analysis of large-scale datasets, like this one extracted from online social networks, can really have a remarkable positive impact by providing a cost-effective way of understanding phenomena at a detailed scale and truly in real-time”.

For the paper, see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfamus/papers/www16_measuring.pdf

UCL News Release: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0416/13042016-predicting-gentrification-through-social-networking-data


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