Time to Upgrade Our Tools: Integrating Urban Data Science into Economic Development Research and Curriculum

Li Fang, Jamaal Green, Xinyue Ye, Wei Shi

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Abstract

Urban data science (UDS) is developing rapidly and starting to be widely adopted in urban planning research and curricula. However, economic development planners have been relatively slow in introducing UDS into their toolkits. This reality is a disservice to the subfield and students. This article discusses the motivation and current practices of UDS in economic development, identifies successes and challenges, and suggests actions moving forward. Professional training, curriculum innovation, and support from departments, institutions, and the broader academic and professional communities are called for.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

Keywords

  • economic development
  • planning curriculum
  • urban data science

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