Cities by numbers

One of the great things about living in Cambridge is getting to hear top academics talk about really interesting things in pubs. And one of the great things about being a journalist is that you get to ask them loads of questions.

I went to see historian Poornima Paidipaty speak at the Pint of Science festival about how the metrics we use to measure society influence the interventions we make. And then I interviewed her for issue 04 of The Possible magazine about what this means for cities: how new data streams can give us a much more nuanced pictures of how places work, and the reasons why they fail.