Dr Emmanouil Tranos PhD

Dr Emmanouil Tranos

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Emmanouil Tranos is an economic geographer and his research focuses on the spatiality of the digital economy. He has published on the geography of the internet infrastructure, the economic impacts that this digital infrastructure can generate on cities and regions and the position of cities within spatial, complex networks. His research in this area led to a monograph on The Geography of the Internet: cities, regions and Internet infrastructure.

Dr Tranos' work also focuses on a side-product of the digital economy, all of these new sources of big, unstructured and, sometimes, unconventional data which can help us better understand cities and urban systems.


PhD Newcastle University, 2010
MA in Regional Development, Newcastle University, 2006
MSci in Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, 2004


Dr Emmanouil Tranos obtained his first degree in Planning and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly in Greece (MSci – 5 years of studies). After working as a consultant, he moved to Newcastle, UK where he completed an MA in Regional Development and a PhD on the Geography of the Internet Infrastructure at the Centre of Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS).

After working for one year as a postdoc at the School of Engineering in Newcastle, he moved to The Netherlands, where he was a researcher for the Department of Spatial Economics at VU Amsterdam. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Birmingham.


URS201: The Urban and Regional Economy

GGM105: First Year tutorials

GGM354: Network Geographies

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Emmanouil Tranos welcomes PhD students in areas related with:

  • Digital geographies
  • Cities, regions and spatial networks
  • Urban and regional analysis using big data


2018 BRIDGE, University of Birmingham – University of Illinois, UK regions and digital interdependencies, PI (£8k).
2017-18 ESRC – CDRC Innovation fund, Online behaviour in the UK: an individual and contextual analysis, PI (£60k).
2017 University of Birmingham, GEES pump priming fund, Doing internet archaeology to reveal the evolution of the digital economy in the UK: looking at the past to learn about the future, PI (£3k).  
2017-20 JPI Urban Europe ERA-NET, Smart Shrinkage Solutions – Fostering Resilient Cities in Inner Peripheries of Europe, Co-I (€1,9M).
2016 NERC, Added Value Activities in Innovation, Co-I (£150k).
2015 University of Birmingham seed corn fund to build links with JRC on Big Data and Transport Analysis (£1k).
2012 Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (DMIE), Mobile phone data and motorways: traffic and incidents analysis (VU Amsterdam part: €15k).
2010 ESPON Telecommunication and IT-Rollout Update, CURDS, Newcastle University (£15k).
ESF-COST Conference: Future Internet and Society: A Complex Systems Perspective, Acquafredda di Maratea 2-7 October 2010 (travel grant).
Cornell University, Summer Institute on Managing Transitions to Sustainable Communities and Regions, June 14-18, Ithaca, US (travel grant).
2008-09 PhD Grant, GPS, Newcastle University (£12k).
2007-09 Marie Curie, participation to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th PREPARE ERSA Summer Institutes: The Modelling of (Spatial) Interaction, 2007 Bratislava; Spatial Econometrics and Spatial CGE Modelling, 2008 Pecs; Regional Growth Models, 2009 Volos (travel grants).
2007 NSF and ESRC, participation to the 3rd conferencefor e-Social Science, Doctoral Colloquium, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, US (travel grant).
2005-08 Greek State Scholarship for post graduate studies in the area of “European Union, Regional Policy and Spatial Development” (£40k after national exams).



Tranos, E. (2013). The Geography of the Internet: Cities, Regions and Internet Infrastructure in Europe. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (New Horizons in Regional Science Series).


Publications in refereed journals

Tranos, E. & Mack, E. (2018). Big data: A new opportunity for transport geography? Journal of Transport Geography.

Arribas‐Bel, D., & Tranos, E. (2018). Big Urban Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Geographical Analysis. Geographical Analysis50, 123-124.

Arribas-Bel, D. & Tranos, E. (2018) Characterizing the Spatial Structure(s) of Cities “on the fly”: the Space-Time LISA Calendar. Geographical Analysis, 50, 162-181.

Budnitz, H., Chapman, L. & Tranos, E. (2017) Better by Bus?: Insights into public transport travel behaviour during Storm Doris in Reading, UK. Weather, 73, 54-60.

Steenbruggen, J., Tranos, E. & Rietveld, P. (2016) Traffic incidents in motorways: An empirical proposal for incident detection using data from mobile phone operators. Journal of Transport Geography, 54, 81-90.

Tranos, E., & Mack, E. (2016). Broadband provision and knowledge intensive firms: a causal relationship? Regional Studies, 50, 1113-1126.

Tranos, E., & Nijkamp, P. (2015). Mobile Phone Usage in Complex Urban Systems: a space-time, aggregated human activity study. Journal of Geographical Systems, 17, 157-185.

Tranos, E., Gheasi, M., & Nijkamp, P. (2015). International migration: a global complex network. Environment & Planning B, 42, 4-22.

Tranos, E., & Nijkamp, P. (2015). Editorial: Special issue on mobile phone data and geographic modelling. Telecommunication Policy, 39, 333-334.

Steenbruggen, J., Tranos, E., & Nijkamp, P. (2015). Data from mobile phone operators: a tool for smarter cities? Telecommunications Policy, 39, 335-346.

Jacobs-Crisioni, C., Rietveld, P., Koomen, E., & Tranos, E. (2014). Evaluating the impact of land-use density and mix on spatiotemporal urban activity patterns: an exploratory study using mobile phone data. Environment and Planning A, 46, 2769-2785.

Tranos, E., Kourtit, K., & Nijkamp, P. (2014). Digital urban network connectivity: Global and Chinese internet patterns. Papers in Regional Science, 93, 409-428.

Tranos, E., & Davoudi, S. (2014). The regional impact of climate change on winter tourism in Europe. Tourism Planning & Development, 11, 163-178.

Tranos, E., & Nijkamp, P. (2013). The death of distance revisited: cyber-place, physical and relational proximities. Journal of Regional Science, 53, 855-873.

Tranos, E., Reggiani, A., & Nijkamp, P. (2013). Accessibility of cities in the digital economy. Cities, 30, 59-67.

Tranos, E., & Gertner, D. (2012). Smart Networked Cities? Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 25, 175-190.

Tranos, E. (2012). The causal effect of the Internet infrastructure on the economic development of the European city-regions. Spatial Economic Analysis, 7, 319-337.

Tranos, E. (2011). The topology and the emerging urban geographies of the Internet backbone and aviation networks in Europe: a comparative study Environment and Planning A, 43, 378-392.

Tranos, E., & Gillespie, A. (2011). The urban geography of Internet backbone networks in Europe: roles and relations. Journal of Urban Technology, 18, 35– 49.

Tranos, E., & Gillespie, A. (2009). The spatial distribution of Internet backbone networks in Europe: a metropolitan knowledge economy perspective. European Urban and Regional Studies, 16, 423-437.

Petrakos, G., & Tranos, E. (2008). Egnatia Odos and regional development. A theoretical and experimental study. Review of Economic Science, 14, (in Greek).


Publications in edited volumes and other publications

Tranos, E., Steenbruggen, J. & Nijkamp, P. (2018) Mobile phone operators, their (big) data and urban analysis. In Mulhal, R., Andres, L. & Bryson, J. (eds.) Regeneration Economies. In press.

Tranos, E. (2018). Internet Backbones. In B. Warf (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. In press.

Tranos, E. (2016). The Internet and its geography, growth and (digital) social capital. In R. Shearmur, D. Doloreux & C. Carrincazeaux (Eds.), Handbook on the Geography of Innovation (356-369). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Tranos, E. (2015). Book review: An introduction to R for spatial analysis and mapping by C. Brunsdon & L. Comber. Environment and Planning B, 43, 435-436.

Tranos, E. (2014). Networks in the innovation process. In M. M. Fischer & P. Nijkamp (Eds.), Handbook of Regional Science (pp. 489-504). Berlin - Heidelberg: Springer.

Tranos, E., & Nijkamp, P. (2014). Digital infrastructure and physical proximity. In A. Torre & F. Wallet (Eds.), Regional development and proximity relations (pp. 267-290). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Tranos, E., & Nijkamp, P. (2014). Urban and regional analysis and the digital revolution: challenges and opportunities. In B. Derruder, S. Conventz, A. Thierstein & F. Witlox (Eds.), Hub cities in the knowledge economy (pp. 145-162): Ashgate.

Tranos, E. (2013). Book review: Complexity, Cognition and the City by J. Portugali. Environment and Planning B, 40, 183-184.

Lückenkötter, J., Langeland, O., Langset, B., Tranos, E., Davoudi, S., & Lindner, C. (2013). Economic effects of climate change on Europe's regions. In P. Schmidt-Thomé & S. Greiving (Eds.), European climate vulnerabilities and adaptation: A spatial planning perspective (pp. 95-112). West Sussex: Wiley&Blackwell.

Tranos, E. (2011). e-Regional Science: why should regional science focus on the digital revolution? Regional Insights, 2, 5.

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