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City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics

CORONA brings together internationally recognised researchers and stakeholders. We are delivering early research outputs from the UK’s Urban Observatories (UOs).

Project leader

Prof Phil James


February 2018 to April 2020

Project staff

Dr Anil Namdeo

Prof Richard Dawson

Prof Stephanie Glendinning

Dr Lindsay Bramwell

Prof Martin Mayfield, University of Sheffield

Dr Daniel Coca, University of Sheffield

Dr Danielle Densley Tingley, University of Sheffield

Dr Theo Tryfonas, Bristol University

Dr Patrick Tully, Bristol University

Prof Lee Chapman, University of Birmingham

Prof Chris Rogers, University of Birmingham

Prof Jim Harris, Cranfield University

Dr Simon Jude, Cranfield University

Prof James Evans, University of Manchester

Dr David Topping, University of Manchester

Prof Nick Tyler, University College London





Urban Observatories provide new understanding about urban processes. They provide insights into process interactions across sectors and scales. Thus, they improve engineering and planning decisions.

Newcastle, Bristol, and Sheffield comprise the first wave of UKCRIC UO cities. CORONA is using research outputs to develop the processes and technology for the second wave of UKCRIC UOs.

Processes include:

  • governance
  • standards
  • entrepreneurship

Technological instruments include:

  • data standards
  • technology
  • integrating quantitative and qualitative urban monitoring data

The research outputs also inform the UKCRIC research objectives.