Research

Welcome to the repository of Global Pulse’s ongoing and past work. Find out more about our various collaborations and research projects and experiments analyzing contextual and digital data to gain a real-time understanding of changes in human well-being.

Asia / Jakarta Lab

Understanding parental perceptions of immunisation in real-time

Pulse Lab Jakarta is collaborating with WHO, UNICEF, Bappenas and the Ministry of Health to analyze online perceptions of immunization on social media platforms. Preliminary analysis shows that a... Read More
Europe / Global

Online Signals for Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Global Pulse is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) exploring how risk factors (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, diet and physical activity) of non-communicable diseases (e.g., cancer,... Read More
Latin America and the Caribbean / Mexico / Research

Characterizing human behavior during floods through the lens of mobile phone activity

Global Pulse is collaborating with researchers from Spanish telecommunications provider Telefonica (Telefonica Research), the Technical University of Madrid, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the... Read More
Asia / Indonesia / Jakarta Lab

Mining Indonesian Tweets to Understand Food Price Crises

DescriptionThe objective of this research project was to monitor Twitter conversations in Indonesia to understand how conversation volume trends relate to world events. In particular, this project... Read More

Advocacy Monitoring through Social Data: Womens and Childrens Health

Project ObjectivesFirst of the short-term research projects resulting from Global Pulse’s recent call for research proposals, this analysis aimed at evaluating the impact of the Every Woman... Read More
Global / Research

Analyzing Online Content for Insight on Women and Employment in Indonesia

Project ObjectivesThe project aims to analyze online content (such as news articles, blogs, and social media) to gain new insight on public perceptions about women’s role in the workplace,... Read More
Africa / Kenya / Research

Landscaping Study: Digital Signals & Access to Finance in Kenya

DescriptionIn emerging markets, eight out of ten small businesses cannot access the loans they need to grow. USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) helps small businesses to access capital... Read More
Global / Research

Understanding the Post-2015 Global Conversation through Big Data

Project Overview:At the turn of the millennium the United Nations launched a global development framework known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Eight in total, with accompanying... Read More
Research

"Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges" - White Paper

Global Pulse White Paper “Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges” (published May 2012) aims to highlight the opportunity, as well as some of the main concerns and... Read More
Global

Future of Real-Time Report

Prepared for the United Nations Global Pulse team, the Future of Real-Time Report identifies key trends emerging around the capture and transmission of real-time information streams. Evolving data-... Read More

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