SustaInable Mobility and Equality in Mega-ciTy RegIons (SIMETRI): Patterns, Mechanisms and Governance

Duration: 05/19 - 04/22

The 21st century will be dominated by very large urban agglomerations, qualitatively different from large cities and requiring a new mode of analysis. SustaInable Mobility and Equality in Mega-ciTy RegIons (SIMETRI): Patterns, Mechanisms and Governance seeks to strengthen understanding of this emerging phenomenon through the development of an innovative platform combining state-of-the-art simulation models, big data from transport and new information technologies.

Drawing on research on indicators and predictions undertaken in London (UK) and Randstad (the Netherlands), the project seeks to address spatial segregation, inequality and mobility challenges in the Pearl River Delta Greater Bay Region (China) through the development of a groundbreaking set of tools, indicators and analysis. The findings will enable improved governance, planning and sustainability not only in China, but also in similar contexts worldwide.

Mike Batty (Principal Investigator)
Joana Barros
Duncan Smith
Chen Zhong

University College London (UCL), Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)
King’s College London, Geography
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics
Birkbeck, University of London, Geography Department
Shenzhen University, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
The University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen Institute of Research and Innovation
Sun Yat-sen University, School of Geography and Planning.

  • Collation of a wide range of urban datasets sourced from a range of government bodies and organisations.
  • Integration of research and simulations into a comprehensive platform.
  • Dissemination of data and findings through websites, online tools and other forms of engagement.