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

The History of St Katharine Docks

This project uses interactive digital tools to examine the long-range international history of Northeastern's new London home on the banks of the River Thames. Find out more

Ignatius Sancho's London

This project showcases evidence about the life and times of Ignatius Sancho, one of the eighteenth century’s most important Black Britons. Born enslaved, Sancho came to occupy a unique position in London society that straddled the elite social worlds of the aristocracy and the everyday life of the city. Find out more.