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

Research interests

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.