Consumer Data Research Book

Consumer Data Research. (PA Longley, J Cheshire and A Singleton). 192pp. London, UCL Press.

Big Data collected by customer-facing organisations – such as smartphone logs, store loyalty card transactions, smart travel tickets, social media posts, or smart energy meter readings – account for most of the data collected about citizens today. As a result, they are transforming the practice of social science. Consumer Big Data are distinct from conventional social science data not only in their volume, variety and velocity, but also in terms of their provenance and fitness for ever more research purposes. The contributors to this book, all from the Consumer Data Research Centre, provide a first consolidated statement of the enormous potential of consumer data research in the academic, commercial and government sectors – and a timely appraisal of the ways in which consumer data challenge scientific orthodoxies.

A free PDF of the book can be obtained here.


Geographic Information Science and Systems (fourth edition). (P A Longley, M F Goodchild, D J Maguire and D W Rhind). 477(+xvi) pp. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley. As of February 2017 the four English language editions of this book have sold c. 100,000 copies worldwide. The book has also been published in Chinese, Korean, Polish, Czech and Portuguese.

The book sets out a research-led multi-disciplinary treatment of the scientific principles that underpin the use of geographic information technologies for problem-solving. It also provides a comprehensive guide to the enduring scientific principles that underpin effective use of today’s powerful GI technologies. It also provides a primer on essential methods for analysis of GI, and the ways in which effective management of GI informs policy and action.

Some key features are that the book:

  1. sets out the challenges that geographically referenced Big Data and Open Data pose to the ways in which we represent our world
  2. discusses emergent perspectives on the analysis of geographic information, including the emergence of data science
  3. assesses the implications of mobile computing and smartphone technologies for the development of citizen-centered science
  4. reviews the ways in which open software is reshaping the ways in which geographic information is analysed
  5. discusses new computationally intensive analytic methods
  6. suggests how geographic information science and systems help us to address the pervasive and dynamic challenges facing humanity.


Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation, Section 7 of Handbook of Regional Science (M M Fischer, P Nijkamp, eds). Berlin, Springer (Section 7, pp1104-1273, Editor P A Longley)


Geoinformatics for City Transformations. (Proceedings, GIS Ostrava 2013, Tenth International Symposium) ), 298pp., VSB, Technical University of Ostrava (I Ivan, P A Longley, J Horak, Fritsch, J Cheshire, T Inspektor, eds.)


Environment and Planning Volume B: Planning and Design. 512 (+xxvi) pp. London, Sage (M Batty and P A Longley).

Environment and Planning Volume E: Foundations. 539 (+xv) pp. London, Sage (S Elden, N Thrift, T J Barnes, J Peck, M Batty, P A Longley, R J Bennett).


Older Books and Previous Editions


Geographic Information Systems and Science (Third Edition) (P A Longley, M F Goodchild, D J Maguire, D W Rhind) The Third Edition of this widely-used textbook has been fully revised and updated to include the latest developments in the field, and still retains its accessible format to appeal to a broad range of students. Now divided into five sections, the book investigates the unique, complex and difficult problems that are posed by geographic information and together they build into a holistic understanding of the key principles of GIS.


Geospatial Analysis: a Comprehensive Guide to Principles, Techniques and Software Tools. (M J de Smith, M F Goodchild, P A Longley). The three editions of this book (published in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Troubador, Leicester, UK) are hard copy versions of an extensive and detailed technical website,  The “Geospatial Analysis” project addresses the full spectrum of analytical techniques that are provided within modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial software products. It is broad in its treatment of concepts and methods and representative in terms of the software that people actually use.


Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications (Abridged Edition). 358 (+xlv) pp. Hoboken, Wiley (P A Longley, M F Goodchild, D J Maguire, D W Rhind) For many years, the definitive work on the science, application and practice of GIS. The updated and abridged Second Edition of Geographical Information Systems brought the definitive reference (first published in 1999) to a whole new audience in a streamlined format. The entire work is available in a Chinese edition.


Geographic Information Systems and Science (second edition). 517(+xvii) pp. Chichester, Wiley (P A Longley, M F Goodchild, D J Maguire, D W Rhind). The second edition of the pre-eminent textbook in its field communicates the richness and diversity of GIS in a lucid and accessible format. This fully revised and updated second edition reinforced the view of GIS as a gateway to science and problem solving, set out the scientific principles that govern its use, and described the impact of people on its development, design, and success. The book was translated into Chinese and Polish.


Advanced Spatial Analysis. 464 (+iii) pp Redlands CA ESRI Press (P A Longley, M.Batty). doi .1080/0042098042000268456. A gallery of advanced work on GIS applications in such fields as archaeology, architecture, cartography, computer science, environmental science, geography, planning, remote sensing, geomatic engineering, and transport studies, and carried out in UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.


Remote Sensing and Urban Analysis. 268 (+xxvi) pp. London, Taylor and Francis (J-P Donnay, M J Barnsley, P A Longley, eds). A wide range of methodologies for the production and analysis of urban remote sensing data are outlined in this book. Surface models are considered for the analysis of integrated data sets, in which the scope of the applications is widened to consider the estimation of human population levels.

Geographic Information Systems and Science. 454(+xviii) pp. Chichester, Wiley (P A Longley, M F Goodchild, D J Maguire, D W Rhind). This advanced textbook and professional guide book became the fastest selling title in the history of the subject, selling more than 25,000 copies in this first edition. Innovative features included its treatment of the Internet as being at the heart of GIS applications.


Spatial Analysis: Modelling in a GIS Environment. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley (P A Longley, M Batty, eds). This book addresses spatial analysis with an emphasis on the integration of different spatial analysis functions within GIS. It focuses on developing advanced GIS functions for problem solving, prediction and forecasting. All of the models and applications in this book stress spatial systems of particular relevance to human geographers and spatial policy analysts. Throughout, the emphasis is upon spatial analysis applications and practical problem solving.


GIS for Business and Service Planning (P A Longley, G P Clarke, eds), Hoboken, NJ, Wiley.
This volume is the first systematic attempt to examine the practical use of GIS for business and service planning. It considers ways in which GIS may be customised to meet specific user requirements and tackle a range of important applied research challenges .


Fractal Cities

Fractal Cities: a Geometry of Form and Function. 394(+xxii) pp. plus 16 pp. colour plates. London and San Diego, Academic Press (M Batty, P A Longley). This major book presents an approach to measuring and simulating the form and function of towns and cities, using ideas from fractal geometry, urban modelling and computer graphics. Now available as a free download:


Professor of Geographic Information Science, University College London