One of only 20 to be funded under the ESRC’s new ‘Transformative Social Science‘ programme, this project will explore the feasibility of estimating small area (neighbourhood) census-like statistics from transactional ‘big data’ including large scale fine grained temporal energy monitoring data held by the Faculty. It will involve extensive collaboration with data owners/providers, Census researchers in the Department of Geography and the Office for National Statistics’ Beyond 2011 Census Futures team.
Besides the direct research funding the project also brings with it a £50k grant of additional ESRC funds to be used to foster future transformative and interdisciplinary research in the social sciences.