The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


Publication: Urban Informatics

12 April 2021

A new open access book is the first to systematically introduce the principles of urban informatics and its application to every aspect of the city that involves its functioning, control, management, and future planning.


We are delighted to share the good news that the book Urban Informatics, edited by Wenzhong Shi, Michael Goodchild, Michael Batty, Mei-Po Kwan and Anshu Zhang, was published on 8 April 2021. This is open access and a milestone book which systematically introduces the principles of emerging urban informatics and its wide applications in enabling cities to function more efficiently and equitably, to become ‘smart’ and ‘sustainable’.
Bringing together over 140 authors from more than 40 world-leading research teams, the book is organized into five main parts: urban science, urban systems and applications, urban sensing, urban big data infrastructure, and urban computing. For each field which are covered under the five parts, the book offers a comprehensive review and a detailed technical introduction to the principles, methods and tools that form the core of urban informatics. It also outlines ways in which these methods and tools can be used to inform the design, policy, and management of urban services as well as ways in which  cities can be planned to become more efficient with a greater concern for environment and equity.
The book can serve as a reference book for the researchers and professionals, as well as a textbook for relevant postgraduate and undergraduate courses. The articles collected in the book define the fields of urban science, smart cities and big data under the rubric of Urban Informatics.

In terms of CASA authors, various staff, former staff and alumni contributions are included: Michael BattyAlex Singleton, Andy Hudson-Smith, Duncan Wilson, Steven Gray, Oliver Dawkins, Andrew Crooks, and Ed Manley.

This open access book can be freely downloaded at: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-15-8983-6.

As a PDF or Apple book. 48 chapters, 143 authors. Thanks to HKPolyU for support.