UK Regions Digital Research Facility (UK RDRF)

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Bartlett Sch of Architecture

Abstract

The UK RDRF brings together a number of research strands funded under the DET, EPSRC and ESRC portfolios over the last decade to create a national facility to tackle the vexed question of regional competitiveness and rebalancing the UK economy. Following the Scottish referendum there have been renewed calls for greater devolution to regions and core cities. This facility will bring together the big economic data and construct the high resolution models needed to support policy makers at national, regional and local level. It will innovate by building together a model of the fixed stock of buildings, including housing, commercial, warehousing and manufacturing, with a network model of key infrastructure. This will allow analysis of which policy nudges might be expected to overcome the inertia present in the historic geography of the UK. It will allow a common framework of data and evidence ti be used by regional and local policy professionals wishing to evaluate policy options. The whole facility is built on the opportunity created by CDT funding to develop a cohort of evidence based policy professionals and analysts to support the needs of a more devolved form of planning. We aim to support the creation of a 'community of practice' based on access to big economic data and open source analysis and modelling tools. We will host workshops and networks to spread best practice and create some institutional glue amongst the people concerned. Finally, we will engage local communities in the debate and bring the same evidence and tools to the public at large through crowd science and in-the-wild research engagement.

Planned Impact

The UK Regions Digital Research facility targets beneficiaries at all levels of the UK's economy and society. It aims to transform the way that we support regional policy to allow much greater local sensitivity to context, at the same time as learning from evidence of what works and what does not. By developing support networks and workshops for the policy professional we will build a community of practice for policy professionals working across the UK's cities and regions. The open source technology platform will make available to this community the tools they need to develop policy customised to the specific local context of different regions at the same time as maintaining comparability of methodology and evidence.

If we are successful in helping rebalance the UK economy, there will be beneficiaries in all regions due to a reduction in inequalities (social and health) as well as through greater economic resilience and employment.

Publications

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Arcaute E (2016) Cities and regions in Britain through hierarchical percolation. in Royal Society open science

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Batty M (2017) Benedikt's challenge: Reconstructing the whole from the parts in Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science

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Batty M (2016) Classifying urban models in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

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Batty M (2016) Big Data and the City in Built Environment

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Batty M (2015) Divided Britain in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

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Batty M (2017) Urban studies: Diverse cities, successful cities in Nature Human Behaviour

 
Description The impact of the EU referendum vote in the context of the URRDRF project is to demostrate the urgency with which rebalancing the UK economy is required. In addition the issue of identity has been highlighted at a critical factor in UK regions outside London. This will now be brought into our research and delivery.
Exploitation Route We are working with others to deliver open source data and models to inform policy in devolved cities. There is always need for more collaboration.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail,Transport

 
Description We are engaging with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, West Midlands Combined Authority and The Greater London Authority to apply finding of the research in helping inform policy.
Sector Creative Economy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Data for Policy Conference 2016 and 2017
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact My Senior Research Associate Dr Zeynep Engin organises and chairs the National Data for Policy Conferences http://dataforpolicy.org/
URL http://dataforpolicy.org/
 
Description Bartlett Innovation Fund
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description EPSRC Impact Accelaration Account (IAA) Award
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP / K503745 / 1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description ESRC Big Data Network Phase 3 Research Grants
Amount £157,905 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/P010741/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description GovTech Lab Knowledge Transfer Consortium and Industry Club
Amount £29,992 (GBP)
Funding ID KEIF 2017-20 (B.1.9) - EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account award to UCL 
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2019
 
Title Open source data & analytics platform for Urban Planning 
Description Open source data & analytics platform for Urban Planning for researchers and practitioners 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact yet to be achieved 
 
Description CACI Ltd 
Organisation CACI International Inc
Department CACI Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Data acquisition for CDRC service. Also involved in the Masters Research Dissertation Programme (formally known as the Retail Research Masters Research initiative) gives masters level students the opportunity to conduct their dissertation with the co-supervision of a consumer organisation. The Consumer Data Research Centre facilitate the initiative. The student is offered a stimulating project to work on with co-supervision from the a major UK business. They receive industry advice on how data are used in real world problem solving, and experience of addressing problems that matter. A prize is awarded to the best three dissertations (funded by the CDRC). Research findings are showcased to an audience of leading retailers, at the Annual Data Analysts User Group annual conference (formally known as Demographics User Group) and the work is published and made freely available on the CDRC website.
Collaborator Contribution To provide the Consumer Register datasets for 2014-2019 for the purposes of social science research. Member of CDRC Advisory Board. Also partner in the Masters Research Dissertation Programme where representatives from major UK consumer companies, or businesses which handle consumer data, co-supervise the Masters dissertations. This presents a great opportunity to get a Masters student to help the organisation make progress with research into major current issues, and projects that have been considered, but not had the resource to carry out. The student works with data - the organisation's customer data, open data or academic sector data and can maximise the value obtained from this. The partner provides the student with a £500 bursary on completion of a successful dissertation.
Impact Member of CDRC Advisory Board. CDRC Data Licence Agreement for Consumer Registers data available to approved CDRC Users through Secure tier of CDRC service. Agreement not extended beyond Feb 2019. Data will nolonger be available through CDRC Service. Data used in CDRC Linked Consumer Registers https://data.cdrc.ac.uk/product/linked-consumer-registers controlled product Population Churn https://data.cdrc.ac.uk/product/cdrc-population-churn-index and Modelled Ethnicity Proportions https://data.cdrc.ac.uk/dataset/modelled-ethnicity-proportions safeguarded products Data used by CDRC PhD student Guy Lansley for thesis 'Big Data: Geodemographics and Representation' CDRC case study: Lansley, G., Li, W., Longley, P.A. 'Representing Population Dynamics from Administrative and Consumer Registers' https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Areas-and-Activities.pdf. CDRC Masters Research Dissertation Programme: Yiqao Huang (2015) Shopping centre's turnover estimation using microsimulation: an exploratory research in Inverness; Eirini Milaiou (2016) Topic extraction and document classification on textual survey data with unsupervised modelling techniques.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Data Licence Agreement: Datatalk Ltd 
Organisation Datatalk Statistical Solutions Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Data acquisition for CDRC service.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of historic electoral roll (1998-2002) data to CDRC service for the purposes of social science research.
Impact Historic electoral roll data products available through the CDRC Safeguarded and Secure service.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Data for Policy International Conference Series 
Organisation Data for Policy
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Leadership of the conference series.
Collaborator Contribution Funding of the catering & keynote expenses, ensuring participation of key European stakeholders at the Data for Policy 2016 conference.
Impact Data for Policy 2016 hosted around 180 participants from across relevant academic disciplines and sectors.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Ordnance Survey 
Organisation Ordnance Survey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution - The Ordnance Survey and Urban Dynamics Lab to collaborate on the technical aspects of implementing the large-scale historical time series data archive, and on the analytical outcomes and tools that are derived from it. - The Urban Dynamics Lab to involve interested parties at the Ordnance Survey in relevant events and share relevant research finding with the Ordnance Survey. - For the Ordnance Survey and the Urban Dynamics Lab to collaborate where possible in the exploration and exploitation of the applications of Ordnance Survey historical data archive. - Jointly support a doctoral researcher to utilise the historical data in exploring the relationships between the built environment and economic change. - Beyond the use of historical Ordnance Survey data, that the two organisations cooperate to examine how Ordnance Survey can best support the analytical analysis of urban dynamics, with a view to informing future Ordnance Survey data services and content.
Collaborator Contribution - The Ordnance Survey to utilise and supply the historical archive of Ordnance Survey data for research purposes. - Exploring licensing and accessibility of data. - Jointly support a doctoral researcher to utilise the historical data in exploring the relationships between the built environment and economic change.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2017
 
Description Transport for West Midlands 
Organisation Transport for West Midlands
PI Contribution Our research uses a range of transport data our partners collect on a routine basis to understand the pressing problem of declining ridership in the region. Because the organisation does not have the time or resources to carry out in depth analysis of the research, it would have been to deliver this investigation.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners provided the data and any follow-up information in the process. Regular exchange in person and communication took place to ensure that research objectives are aligned with the needs of Transport for West Midlands. Their input informed our research strategy from the start.
Impact Follow-up innovation grant (Bartlett Innovation Fund) to generate a tool to assist Transport for West Midlands in their own research efforts.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UCL Construction Blockchain Consortium 
Organisation University College London
Department Bartlett School of Architecture
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution collaboration with the Bartlett to establish a UK Construction Blockchain Consortium with a consortium of industry partners
Collaborator Contribution collaboration with UCL Blockchain research centre to establish a UK Construction Blockchain Consortium with a consortium of industry partners
Impact Establishment of industry consortium
Start Year 2017
 
Description TfWM-UCL Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is a policy partner engagement meeting between the Transport for Westmidland and UCL Geography. We reported our work here in CDRC/UDL. Their expert group showed some real-world problems they were interested in, which could help us to pinpoint our research questions. This meeting led to further engagement between the two parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AI in Practice: Benefits and Risks - British Embassy in Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Panel discussion on "AI in practice: Benefits and Risks" at the conference on Growing Artificial Intelligence in the UK and in France: Challenges, Benefits and Opportunities, British Embassy, Paris, 13 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Alan Turing Summit: Future Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UKRDRF Centre Manager and Policy Officer organised the Alan Turing Summit on Future Cities held at RIBA 4th Feb 2016, as part of a series of events funded by the Alan Turing Institute. The event was attended by around 200 people from the academic, industry and policy arena and the presentations on the day raised awareness of the opportunities present in spatial data analytics and urban modelling to address interdependent socio-economic challenges across the national, regional and urban scale.

The event was accompanied by a printed programme and generated a lot of social media activity. UKRDRF project partners Core Cities, Greater London Authority, SAS and Future Cities Catapult took part in presenting at the event. The day presented a good opportunity to engage with partners and make connections to a wider audience and potential future partners and collaborators.

Investigators took part in presenting at the summit under the headlines:
'The Science of Cities' - Prof Alan Penn
'Planning for future cities: modelling and data science opportunities' - Prof Sir Alan Wilson
Panel debate: Opportunities of a data science approach for future cities (Prof Alan Penn, Prof Sir Alan Wilson, Prof Michael Batty)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/events/ati-future-cities
 
Description British Standards Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Committee Memebrship to develop the Big Data Standards for the British Standards Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CDRC/UDL-GLA workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on residential segregation measurements of five DCLG Integration Areas as a UDL member with the other two presentations from the CDRC side. The GLA people briefly introduced their relevant work and provided their feedback on our datasets. They thought consumer registers would be a very good complementary data source of demographic to their own administrative data. We had agreed to collaborate further on a few topics. They also inquired issues on citation to our datasets and maps in their policy paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CKAN Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended CKANCon16 conference as part of the International Open Data Conference, in order to investigate the suitability of CKAN for a UKRDRF data platform
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ckan.org/ckancon-2016/
 
Description Cambridge City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Met with Cambridge Council data analytics team to discuss their data infrastructure and needs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cambridgeshire County Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with their Data Analytics team to discuss their data infrastructure and needs, as well as potential collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/
 
Description Camden Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A meeting with Camden Council Data Analytics Team to potentially initiate joint student projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://opendata.camden.gov.uk/
 
Description Common Futures Network meeting: 11 January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Partaking in Common Futures Network meeting, a group of planning professionals, academics and policy professionals, in order to establish a potential collaboration for spatial and data analysis work to support national and regional frameworks for regional development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference of the Migration Statistics User Forum 2018 (Home Office) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference attendance Migration User Forum 2018. Forum on international migration statistics with a focus on the need of migration data users. Offered opportunities to interact with other participants in order to establish new partnership.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.statslife.org.uk/events/eventdetail/31/-/conference-of-the-migration-statistics-user-for...
 
Description Contribution to APPG on Smart Cities report "Intelligent Leadership: How government strategy can unlock the potential of smart cities in the UK", 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Report launched at the Houses of Parliament, London, on 26 June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.slideshare.net/icalzada/smart-cities-allparty-parliamentary-group-intelligent-leadership...
 
Description Creating a New Open Geodemographic Classification of the UK Using households and 2011 Census Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Joint presentation with Chris Gale and Alex Singleton (University of Liverpool) at 46th Annual Conference of Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section, Harrogate, Yorkshire, August 22nd to 24th 2017. To discuss issues arising from the publication of 'The Routledge Handbook of Census Resources, Methods and Applications', ed. by John Stillwell. The debate had will inform the development, format, and outputs of the 2021 UK Census of Population.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rsai-bis.org/
 
Description DCLG - Cities & Local Growth Unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Had a meeting with the senior leadership of Cities & Local Growth unit to investigate potential collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Digging into data science - Centre for Public Impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview to Centre for Public Impact (CPI) on "Digging into data science", 18 October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/digging-data-science/
 
Description Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and Innovation - Lord Holmes report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Membership of the advisory committee to Lord Holmes in creating the report titled "Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and Innovation" published in December 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://chrisholmes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Distributed-Ledger-Technologies-for-Public-Good_...
 
Description Friend of Ellpha Citizen, and independent non-profit promoting a gender balanced world through data and technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited to join the Friends of Ellpha network of influencers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ellpha.com/about
 
Description GMCA Policy Workshop - April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact One day policy workshop in Manchster at GMCA Offices with the Housing and Economics teams and the UDL team to learn about each other's areas of research and interest to progress local case study work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GMCA-UCL Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was an engagement meeting between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and UCL Geography. We presented some of the work being done at the Urban Dynamics Lab (UDL) in relation to ethnicity estimation using the Geo-Demographic toolkit that is being developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GMCA-UCL workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is a policy partner engagement meeting between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Urban Dynamics Lab. We reported our work in UDL/CDRC. We showcased our research by giving presentations, while they shared their current policy focuses. We were expecting interactions between the policy support team and UDL. We tried to find a collaboration basis through later communications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Geo+Data London Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation given at the Consumer Data Research Centre's Geo+Data London seminar series. The event series aims to provide an environment for those working with geographic data to meet, share, and learn from experiences and best practices as demonstrated by industry and current academic research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/geodatalondon/
 
Description Greater London Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with GLA data team on the infrastructure of the London Datastore
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://data.london.gov.uk/
 
Description Inclusive Growth - Inclusive Places conference, Alan Turing Institute: 13 October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Inclusive Growth - Inclusive Places was an open symposium bringing together academia, policy, third sector and industry to discuss the concepts and quantification of the current policy theme of Inclusive Growth, and how this relates to spatial analysis and regional and urban imbalances in socio-economic development. See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNRAGbI3tcc Prof Alan Penn, UDL: Inclusive growth and urban space

Prof Mariana Mazzucato, UCL IIPP: Inclusive growth and public purpose

Chris Murray, Core Cities: Invest, reform, trust: for a stronger, fairer Britain

Prof Ruth Lupton, Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit: Inclusive growth - a local economies perspective

Indy Johar, Impact Hub: Inclusive Places: Humane Revolution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://urbandynamicslab.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/inclusive-growth-inclusive-places/
 
Description Invited Panellist: "Archives and AI", The National Archives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Closing session debate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Speaker: "Digital Ethics: Data, Algorithms, Interactions", UCL Public Policy & Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact First speaker of 2019 for the 'STEaPP in Conversation' seminar series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited opening keynote speaker, European Commission DG REGIO Workshop: 'How can Regional Policy Benefit from Big Data? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Here I spoke about the merits of Big Data to provide new insights for regional policy; I also referenced some of the key work of the Consumer Data Research Centre and some of its outputs since the grant started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited opening keynote speaker: Smart Geospatial Expo, Seoul 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I delivered the keynote, where I discussed the work of the Consumer Data Research Centre and fielded questions by attendees, leading to a lengthy discussion and debate. The CDRC reported heightened enquiries post my presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited panellist and presenter at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference (AAG 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference in San Francisco to debate and discuss various issues pertaining to Geography and the Consumer Data Research Centre, sparking questions and discussions about the CDRC. We witnessed an increase in enquiries post my panel session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited panellist: "What Does Humanizing Data Require of Us?", Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) Global Summit 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Closing session of the conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/summit_18
 
Description Knowledge exchange seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We held a knowledge transfer seminar in Birmingham on 27 March 2018, in which we invited regional and national public sector professionals (local authorities, Department for Transport, Urban Transport Group), individuals involved in policy making and academic researchers. The seminar reported on the findings of the research project 'Inclusive and healthy mobility: Understanding trends in concessionary travel in the West Midlands', the analysis of regional trends in residenital mobility, ethnic segregation and consumer behaviour conducted by the UCL Urban Dynamics Lab and the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). We discssed the implications for regional transport policy and practice in the United Kingdom and shared updates ideas on latest advances in research using new and emerging forms of data to address complex policy problems. Researchers and practitioners exchanged knowledge on research findings, challenges and policy issues, and many attendees expressed that they benefitted from the discussion in terms of greater understanding, new ideas. updated views. We and the project partners at Transport for West Midlands received requests for further information and engagement after the event.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Migration Statistics User Forum conference (Home Office) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I attended this event as an audience. From this meeting, I learned the state-of-the-art migration data sources, including both traditional sources like LPS, NINO, GP registration and also novel sources like consumer data. I also talked to one of our policy partners from the GLA during the break to propose a meeting with them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NESTA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Met the authors of the "Wise Council" report Nesta launched in November 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/wise-council-insights-cutting-edge-data-driven-local-government
 
Description Policy Connect - APGDA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Organised a workshop on "Data driven local government" at the Palace of Westminster in collaboration with Policy Connect and the All Party Parliamentary group on Data Analytics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/appgda/home
 
Description Policy network event: 17 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Urban Dynamics Lab policy network meeting (GLA, GMCA, WMCA, BCC, Black Country Consortium, Tomoblo, Future Cities Catapult, Space Syntax, Alan Turing Institute) for a set of presentations and discussions on policy applications and potential case study work in our partner locations (Manchester, Birmingham, London) 1. Dr Clémentine Cottineau & Dr Elsa Arcaute: The nested structure of London's industrial landscape: a clustering analysis
2. Dr Tasos Varoudis: London vs Manchester: Differentiation and aggregation through micro topo-geometry
3. Dr Tian Lan: Measuring change in the ethnic composition of neighbourhoods and population churn
4. Dr Carlos Molinero: Studying city size distribution in the UK urban system and its possible implications for our concept of balance
5. Dr Duccio Piovani: Spatial Interactions: measuring accessibility and retail location
6. Andy Radford, Principal Transportation Officer, Birmingham City Council: Challenges in West Midlands & Birmingham transport policy and data analysis
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Policy network event: 19 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This policy event saw 20 of our project and policy partners (GMCA, WMCA, nesta, ONS, OS, telefonica, Future Cities Catapult, Core Cities, Space Syntax / Tombolo, Bank of England, Alan Turing Institute, GLA, Intel Labs) come together for presentations on the topic of 'Driving growth across the whole country? Place-based policy and spatial analytics.', inspired by current developments on the industrial strategy green paper, followed by a workshop in table groups, addressing 'city challenges' on cross-portfolio policy questions (i.e. transport, employment and inclusive growth) that had been decided with the cities and city regions (Milton Keynes, West Midlands, Greater Manchester) beforehand:
Prof Mike Batty: QUANT: Modelling The Impacts of Large Scale Rail Infrastructures
Dr Ashley Dhanani: Pedestrian demand modelling - Applications in Health and Infrastructure Planning
Dr Clementine Cottineau & Dr Elsa Arcaute: intra-urban trajectories of firms
Dr Jens Kandt: Understanding urban dynamics through consumer data
Dr Tian Lan: Ethnic segregation in Britain
Dr Duccio Piovani: Spatial Interaction models for urban planning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://urbandynamicslab.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/place-based-policy-and-spatial-analytics/
 
Description Policy network: New Economy Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority consultancy arm 'New Economy Manchester (Housing & Planning, Research, Economic Development teams) to establish participating in project policy network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Policy network: Newcastle City Futures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meeting and presentations with Newcastle City Futures, Urban Living Partnership, Newcastle University to develop project partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Policy network: West Midlands Combined Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with members of Birmingham City Council, ODI Birmingham, Impact Hub Birmingham, Transport for West Midlands to present on UDL project and commence partnership as part of UDL policy network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation and general discussion at the Edinburgh Science Festival. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. Dr Clémentine Cottineau, along with four invited speakers gave a 10-min presentation each and then the public asked questions and a discussion arose, illustrating increased understanding with general public about urban scaling and the use and real life application of quantitative urban research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.icms.org.uk/activities/futurecities
 
Description Project partner network event: January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event for core local government partners (West Midlands Combined Authority, New Economy Manchester, Milton Keynes Council, Newcastle City Futures), corporate, data and analytics project partners with the aim of presenting real policy challenges to the team and partners and following this with two workshop sessions developing and discussion potential areas of investigation for the project team. Key outputs: increased understanding for both team about policy context, and policy partners about our research; summary document, ongoing collaborations between researchers and policy partners, making policy partners regular members of our network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Project partner network event: September 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact First of quarterly partner and policy network enagement events at Future Cities Catapult, which included 40 academics, professionals and industry partners and saw the research team present on their current research and analytics, followed by an interactive debate on professional, academic and industry requirements for urban and regional spatial analytics. Outputs included video recordings of the proceedings, and individual collaborations with partner organisations (Ordnance Survey).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description RSAI BIS conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a presentation entitled "Understanding ethnic segregation in Great Britain through consumer data" at the conference. I also introduced one of CDRC data holdings: consumer register data. During the event, I have discussed my work on ethnic segregation with Prof. Ludi Simpson from the University of Manchester and Prof. Geoffrey Hewings from the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA CHAMPAIGN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rsai-bis.org/
 
Description Regional Studies Association Winter Conference - 16 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk / presentation of paper (C. Schneider / C. Cottineau) on 'Devolution, growth and inequalities: A comparative review of English city region policy discourse.'
Paper is being edited to be submitted in April 2019. Interest from other academics and policymakers at the conference in methodology and Urban Dynamics Lab experience of research - policy interaction in data science and city-regional policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Submission to 2070 Commission on Spatial Inequality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Submission of evidence and support for further research for the UK2070 Commission on Spatial Inequalities. The Commission got in touch to confirm they will be asking for further support.

1. Dr Elsa Arcaute, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Proposition 3: The long-standing nature of geographical inequalities demands fresh thinking
Proposition 9: The UK needs sustained longer-term spatial frameworks
a. Constructing cities, deconstructing scaling law: alternative indicators for city performance measurement than city size and the role of growth
b. Cities and regions in Britain through hierarchical percolation: regional connectivity and the North-South divide

2. Prof Paul Longley / Dr Justin van Dijk / Dr Tian Lan - UCL Geography
a. A case for data devolution and novel data sources
Proposition 6. What levels of geographical inequality will persist over
the longer term on the basis of current and potential socio-economic
trajectories?
b. Understanding urban dynamics using consumer data - segregation and migration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TfWM-UCL Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was an engagement meeting between Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and UCL Geography. We showcased some of the work being done at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) and the Urban Dynamics Lab (UDL).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The state of data 2018: new rights and responsibilities - House of Commons 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Panel discussion at the House of Commons organised by defenddigitalme, 12 March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UDL Data Ideas Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Organised a Data Ideas Workshop to scope the UKRDRF/UDL Data Platform
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description UDL Partner's Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on some of the work the Geography Department has been doing for the Urban Dynamics Lab. Discussion with some of UDL's policy partners; specifically with the Greater London Authority (GLA) with whom plans have been made for future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UDL partners' event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Policy partners from local authorities and governmental units have attended this meeting. We have set up goals for further follow-up with our policy partners after the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UDL/CDRC meeting with GLA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 9 January 2018, we had a meeting with Ben Corr and his colleagues from GLA at City Hall. We are currently responding to, and preparing for, their data wish list. In return, they have offered to work with us on comparing consumer data with 'traditional' sources used in demography.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UDL/CDRC meeting with Space Syntax company 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We met with Ed Parham, Eleri Jones, and Ward Alsafi from Space Syntax on 9 January 2018. We agreed to seek possible integration of datasets and maps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Understanding ethnic segregation in Britain through consumer data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 46th Annual Conference of Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section, Harrogate, Yorkshire, August 22nd to 24th 2017. A joint presentation with Tian Lan as a contribution to policy debates on ethnic segregation in the UK. Given the nature the topic, there was much discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rsai-bis.org/
 
Description Urban Data Management - Greater London Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited talk on "Urban Data Management", Conference: Smart City Finance - Moving Urban Data Markets, Organised by LSE Enterprise, The Greater London Authority (GLA), The UK Science & Innovation Network/The British Embassy Berlin, The Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), and Fraunhofer Morgenstadt; City Hall, London, 24 January 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/business-and-consultancy/smart-city-finance-conference
 
Description Urban Dynamics Lab Policy Event 23 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A project symposium on novel data science approaches for Urban Dynamics and Policy in the UK at RICS, Parliament Square.

Our UCL teams and city region policy partners at Greater Manchester Combined Authority and West Midlands Combined Authority will be presenting their latest research on spatial analytics in our key research areas:

economic development, supply chains and clusters,
the role of demographics and geographic segregation
machine learning, street network analysis and urban function,
data-driven urban management and gov tech

The afternoon workshop was intended to further shape our collaborations and project work between our team, project partners, and cities and feed into our objectives of building applied case studies that will create a new set of urban and regional analytics and explorations in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description What are the implications of artificial intelligence? - Joint UCL Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on AI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Zeynep Engin and Philip Treleaven contributed to the Joint UCL Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence Inquiry: "What are the implications of artificial intelligence?", September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/artificial-intellig...