Alasdair Rae is a Professorial Fellow in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. He is an urban and regional analyst focusing on spatial data, GIS, neighbourhoods, housing markets, transport, commuting, quantitative data analysis, internet search data and geovisualization. Alasdair is a founding Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, now one of the leading open access publications in the social sciences. He led the project to digitise the Department’s JR James Archive, an urban image collection which has now been viewed more than 6 million times. He has published widely in the academic and policy literature in addition to contributions to national and international media.