Are We Measuring What Matters in Cities?

Michele Acuto, Jessica Espey, Sean Fox, Patricia McCarney and Dawn Snape

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We live in an age of Big Data and ‘evidence-based policymaking’. Around the world, researchers, city governments and think-tanks are developing new ways to gather and interpret real-time data about everything from traffic flows and pollution levels to criminal events and even the moods of crowds in public spaces. In theory, such data can improve city management, enhance public accountability and support city progress through evidence-based policymaking. But do we really need all this data? Are we measuring the right things? What is the value of developing globally standardised monitoring frameworks for cities?

San Fox (City Futures Theme Lead for the Cabot Institute for the Environment, and Senior Lecturer in Global Development, University of Bristol) chairs a discussion with Michele Acuto (Director, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne), Jessica Espey (Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network TReNDS programme), Patricia McCarney (President, World Council on City Data and Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada) and Dawn Snape (Assistant Deputy Director for Wellbeing, Inequalities, Sustainability & Environment at the Office for National Statistics).

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