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Innovative Methods

We combine new mobile phone sensing techniques with traditional demographic methods.

Sampling Protocol »

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Open Tools

We are developing open source applications for collecting and analyzing activity-space data.

Get the Code »

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Open Data

The data we gather will be placed in an open access repository.

Data Management Plan »

Activity-Space Project.

The Activity-Space Project is aimed at better understanding human mobility at the scale of cities. By studying daily patterns of movement across a city, we can learn about access to resources and exposure to hazards. We can learn about barriers that lead to inequality and opportunities to improve peoples' lives. This project requires participation: We are looking for volunteers to answer a short survey and to track their activity-spaces using an open source mobile phone application that is designed to protect privacy. Members of the research team will be walking all over Barcelona during the spring of 2018 looking for volunteers.

Mobility and Pollution.

One of the obvious ways in which our activity-spaces matter is that they determine our exposure to pollution. By participating in the project, you can learn more about how your daily routes bring you to more or less polluted areas. You can also help to illuminate the ways in which population-level mobility patterns influence the pollution exposure faced by everyone else in your community.

Mobility and Mosquitoes.

A less obvious way in which our activity-spaces matter is that they determine our exposure to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance: they are potential vectors of diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. The Activity-Space Project works with Mosquito Alert to help you connect your mobility patterns to your risk of exposure to tiger mosquitoes.

Mobility and Green Spaces.

Activity-spaces also determine our access to resources like parks. How much green lies within your activity-space? You'll be able to calculate that by participating in this project -- and you will help to improve our understanding of green-space access across the city.


For more information, please contact:

John Palmer
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Pompeu Fabra University
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona, Spain
john.palmer [at]
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