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Philip James

Professor of Urban Data

Philip James


Professor Philip James is interested in all aspects of data management, including managing and developing big data systems and developing novel ways of integrating data for research and enabling data access in a variety of ways.

His research encompasses the use of urban data, especially real-time data, in addressing urban challenges such as urban mobility, air pollution, carbon reduction. Phil is exploring the development of new systems to understand how smart cities could and should operate at a technical level, and through citizen participation, governance, and sustainability processes.

As well as working closely with a number of industrial stakeholders, Phil is a member of the Cyber and Local Digital Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Advisory Group (UK Government Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities DLUHC), Secure Connected Places External Advisory Group (UK Government Department for Science Innovation and Technology DSIT), NERC Digital Research Infrastructure Investment Board (UKRI), and Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure Community Advisory Group (NERC).

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School Engineering
Urban Sciences Building
Newcastle University
1 Science Square
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne