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Jonathan Reades

Dr Jonathan Reades



Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1372

Department of Geography 
King's College London 
K4L.06 King's Building 
Strand Campus 

Research Interests

  • Smart Cities & ‘Big Data’
  • Location & Infrastructure Networks 
  • New Data, Open Data & ‘Old’ Methods
  • Housing & Socio-Economic Trends


Jon joined the department as Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography at the start of 2013. Previously, Jon had been a Research Associate for two years at UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis following the completion of his MPhil/PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning. He also holds a B.A. (1997) in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

In the intervening years, Jon worked for a database mining and marketing start-up based in New York and London in a range of capacities: graphic designer, web application developer, and project manager. This work stimulated his interest in 'big data' and its potential as a platform for examining and acting upon 'smart cities'. In his research, Jon has collaborated with public and private sector organisations such as Transport for London, Telecom Italia, AT&T, British Telecom, and IBM's Smarter Cities lab near Dublin.

Tying these collaborations and research interests together is a long-standing interest in the impact that communications technologies are having on our society and economy: on access to opportunity and mobility; on firm location, clustering, and growth; and on our understanding of human interaction on a vast scale. More recently, Jon has been exploring the use of the mobile phone as a platform for data collection on social and economic change at the national scale and would be very interested in working with researchers focussed on the use of this network as a tool in developing countries.

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