The Digital Cities Research Network aims to bring people together from across Northeastern’s global network and beyond. It is led by:

  • Dr Olly Ayers (Senior Lecturer in History at NCH in London)
  • Dr Dan O’Brien (Associate Professor and Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, CSSH)
  • Patrick Yott (Associate Dean for Digital Strategies, NU Library)

It is supported by a $50,000 grant from NU's TIER 1 research development scheme.

Based across Boston and London and tapping into expertise from across NU's global network, the two strands of research below will combine digital data of various types, from the archives and documents most often used by digital humanists with the large scale data more often used by computational social scientists.

Race and Segregation in the City

This strand develops work begun as part of Mapping Black London in World War II. Future projects will investigate immigrant experiences in wartime London more broadly, while collaborative teams of faculty and students will be formed to use historical mapping tools to gain new insights into how racial forces have shaped lived experiences in urban spaces. We will look to engage with partners from cultural institutions and the public-at-large as a key component of this work.

Local Urban Spaces in a Globalized World

This strand will convene collaborative online workshops to forge connections across the network that will seek to apply innovative transdisciplinary tools to a set of transatlantic urban questions. These activities will especially involve the technical infrastructure of the Boston Research Center in conjunction with the analytic infrastructure of the Boston Area Research Initiative.