Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2020/6: The Geography of Connectivity: Trails of Mobile Phone Data

Andreas Erlström (), Markus Grillitsch () and Ola Hall ()
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Andreas Erlström: Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Markus Grillitsch: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Ola Hall: Lund University, Postal: Sweden

Abstract: Connectivity between and within places is one of the cornerstones of human geography. However, the data and methodologies used to capture connectivity are limited due to the difficulty in gathering and analysing detailed observations in time and space. Mobile phone data potentially offers a rich and unprecedented source of data, which is exhaustive in time and space closely following movements and partly communication activities of individuals. This paper discusses the state-of-the-art in the analysis of mobile phone data, identifies methodological challenges, elaborates on key findings for geography, and outlines opportunities for future research on the geography of connectivity.

Keywords: Connectivity; mobile phone data; human mobility; social networks; regional development

JEL-codes: B40; J60; O18; R12

26 pages, April 14, 2020

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