Big Data and the City


As more and more aspects of contemporary urban society are tracked and quantified, the emerging cloud of so-called ‘big data’is widely considered to represent a fundamental change in the way we interact with and understand cities. For some proponents of big data, like Anderson (2008), big data means the ‘end of theory’and the ability to let “the numbers speak for themselves”. In order to illustrate the potential of big data for urban geographic research, we explore how these data sources and methods might be usefully applied to the persistent question of gentrification.

Handbook of Urban Geography (in press)