Cities + Data
Cities + Data
This website collates a range of research publications, writing and presentations relating to how an increasingly data-driven world is changing our cities. The work featured here reflects post-doctoral research undertaken by Dr. Sarah Barns and generously supported by the Urban Studies Foundation through its Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.
The project investigated the conditions of 'Platform Urbanism', shaped by the rise of data-driven services in the governance and management of urban spaces.
Platform Urbanism concerns the reshaping of city infrastructures and services through platform-driven business models. The 'age of the platform' and the dominance of the platform business model has seen radical shifts to media and information services, retail, tourism, and transportation. Cities are complex amalgams of many different kinds of services - they are, in many senses, the original marketplace - and face many new challenges to policy making and planning that result from the rise of new digital services.
My research into the rise of platform urbanism has focused on the growing importance of digital strategy and data literacy to contemporary city leadership.
The quickly evolving environments of digital cities is not something that can be researched using traditional sources of urban scholarship alone. Navigating the digital landscapes of urban transformations and change is an art of dialogue between policy and practice, public sector and private sector agendas, urban publics and privacy agendas. Key projects and consultancies that have informed this work include:
Barns, S. Cosgrove, E. Acuto, M and McNeil, D. 'Digital Infrastructure and Urban Governance'. Journal of Urban Policy and Research. Volume 35, 2017, Issue 1: Special Edition on Critical Infrastructure.
Barns, S. 'Visions of Urban Informatics: from proximate futures to data-driven urbanism'. In Fibreculture Special Issue: Computing the City (forthcoming 2017).
Barns, S. 2016. 'Mine your data: open data, digital strategies and entrepreneurial governance by code'. Urban Geography, Vol 37, 2016 Issue 4: Special Issue on Smart Cities.
Keynote Presentations & Speeches