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Riccardo Di Clemente
Dr Riccardo Di Clemente
University College London
It is possible to capture the spatial footprint of the inequality in our cities or neighborhoods? Nowadays, all human activities, ranging from the people we call, the places we visit, the things we eat and the products we buy, generates data. This can be analyzed over long periods to paint a comprehensive portrait of human behavior within the city boundaries. These geolocated digital traces, when combined with other information streams from national census, or google api, can be used to extract information about the potential needs and the routines in the collective behavior of different groups of citizens. I will analyze this data to understand the extent to which the urban movements of different population groups or communities are driven by both socio-economic inequality and cities’ structure. This new quantitative approach will provide new insights for more inclusive policies to help future urban development.
I am a theoretical physicist with a Ph.D. in economics. I have developed extensively multidisciplinary approaches to social and economic systems formalized with the complex systems and computational science tools. I have focused my education in developing a critical approach to social data analysis, using tools from computational science, complex systems and network theory. This dualism is a leading thread of my past, present and future research activities. The impact of my research extends beyond academic outcomes and aims to bring big data analysis into the mainstream with new tools that will enable optimally informed decisions by policymakers, tackling complex issues with a rigorous scientific approach.