The Digital Cities Research Network (DCRN) is a transatlantic and transdisciplinary collaboration between Northeastern colleagues in Boston and London. It deploys cutting-edge digital tools to understand key historic and contemporary global challenges facing urban spaces, especially in the areas of racial inequality and economic growth and decline, by bringing together scholars, external partners and the public.

Mapping Black London in World War II

This is the first flagship project of the DCRN. Led by Dr Olly Ayers, it uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to uncover hidden ways in which London shaped, and was shaped by, diverse black people at a pivotal moment in global history. Find out more


Over the next few years, the DCRN will produce scholarship underpinned by academic workshops and symposia that will involve cultural institutions as partners. The network will investigate how digital techniques can push forward our understanding of urban spaces past and present while engaging under-represented public groups. Find out more