Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Innovation & Technology

Innovation & Technology


The potentially transformative implications of innovation and technological change are a recurrent concern for urban and regional development and policy. Early CURDS research addressed the socially and spatially uneven distribution and uptake of information and communication network technologies and their potentially transformative impact for territorial development. More recent work is focusing upon the ‘digital age’ and the challenges of big and open data in relation to analytics, modelling and visualisation, the changing nature of work, skills and employment, social inclusion and social innovations in response to societal challenges such as ageing.


Innovation and Technology

Professor Andrew Gillespie
Professor in Commun.Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7731


  • Mearns GW, Richardson R, Robson, L (2015) Enacting the internet and social media on the public sector's frontline  New Technology, Work and Employment

  • Mearns G, Simmonds R, Richardson R, Turner M, Watson P, Missier P. (2014) Tweet My Street: A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration for the Analysis of Local Twitter Data Future Internet

  • Cornford J, Wilson R, Baines S, Richardson R (2013) Local Governance in the new information ecology: The challenge of building interpretative communities, Public Money and Management

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