Manchester Metropolitan University

Upcoming event

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Big Data – what it is and some opportunities it represents

Faculty of Business and Law Seminar Series
with Professor Jon Bannister FAcSS, Director of the Manchester Metropolitan Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre

This presentation will provide an overview of the Crime and Well-Being BDC, its motivation, ambition, resources and progress. Through brief description of the BDC research programme and partnerships in Greater Manchester and beyond, this seminar is intended to introduce the opportunities for engagement and collaboration across the University.

It will provide an illustration of the type of research being undertaken by the Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre. Specifically, it will pose the question of how best to quantify crime. Determining crime rates, which is vital to enacting proportionate policing, demands an assessment of the population-at-risk of victimisation. Integrating crime, census and mobile phone data enables a significant advance on traditional approaches to quantify crime.

For further details or to register your attendance please contact Ann Marie McDonald at a.m.mcdonald@mmu.ac.uk or 0161 247 6160.



Professor Jon Bannister FAcSS is the Director of the Manchester Metropolitan Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre. He is also Managing Editor of Urban Studies Journal and a Visiting Professor at Wuhan University (China). Jon recently commenced research on the £2.5m ESRC funded ‘Understanding Inequalities’ project and works with police forces across the UK and internationally.

Event contact Ann Marie McDonald · a.m.mcdonald@mmu.ac.uk