A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies
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A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies

Reading City-Regions

Edited by John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres and Rachel Mulhall

This Research Agenda provides both a state-of-the-art review of existing research on city-regions, and expands on new research approaches. Expert contributors from across the globe explore key areas for reading city-regions, including: trade, services and people, regional differentiation, big data, global production networks, governance and policy, and regional development. The book focuses on developing a more integrated and systematic approach to reading city-regions as part of regeneration economics, identifying conceptual and methodological developments in this field of study.
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Chapter 8: Mobile phone operators, their (big) data and urban analysis

Emmanouil Tranos, John Steenbruggen and Peter Nijkamp


This chapter explores mobile phone operators, big data and urban analysis. The focus is on exploring methodological approaches based on the existing state-of-the-art of urban analysis and, in particular, on the analysis of big data obtained from mobile phone operators. Urban analysts have begun to explore the application of ‘new’ sources of big data to understanding cities. Perhaps these big data sources need to be relabelled as another form of microdata as they chart the everyday and often second-by-second interactions between people, place and space. The analysis of big data is beginning to reveal the dynamics of cities and diurnal patterns. Nevertheless, this understanding of people and place is yet to be incorporated in to mainstream urban analysis and in to models intended to predict the growth patterns of cities and regions. This chapter highlights the opportunities for developing a big data informed view of city-regions.

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