Joao Porto de Albuquerque
- Professor in Urban Analytics and Deputy Director of the Urban Big Data Centre - Urban Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Professor Porto de Albuquerque is a geographer and computer scientist with an interdisciplinary background. His research is situated within an interdisciplinary problem space that intersects urban geography, data science, information management, and science & technology studies.
He works in the fields of:
- Digital Geography
- Geographic Information Science
- Global Sustainable Development
He develops innovative transdisciplinary research methods to improve our understanding of sociotechnical urban environments, particularly in the global South, with a view to produce transformations to sustainable development. His interests span wide-range research topics that include:
- citizen digital participation
- urban analytics
- smart cities
- crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information
- decision support systems
- disaster studies
- urban resilience
- information technology for development.
Professor Porto de Albuquerque is currently leading a research programme on how to empower vulnerable and deprived communities in the global South to produce citizen-generated data and improve resilience to health and environmental risks.
He has secured competitive research funds for his research in excess of £8.5m (£2.5m as PI) from diverse national and international funding bodies (e.g. Global Challenges Research Fund, ESRC, EPSRC, Belmont Forum, NIHR, FAPESP, CAPES) in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners in several countries, including Brazil, Bangladesh, Colombia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the United States.