PhD: Science of Cities

University College London - Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Vacancy Information

The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading forces in the science of cities, generating new knowledge and insights for use in city planning, policy and design and drawing on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling.

CASA’s focus is to be at the forefront of what is one of the grand challenges of 21st Century science: to build a science of cities from a multidisciplinary base, drawing on cutting edge methods, and ideas in modeling, complexity, visualisation and computation. Our current mix of architects, geographers, physicists, mathematicians, urban planners and computer scientists make CASA a unique department within UCL.

Research Topic: Science of cities

Topics covering issues such as, but not limited to, one of the following - analysis of urban systems through complexity science, health and well being in a digital city, the collection and analysis of urban indicators, impact of digital technologies on urban processes, modelling the dynamic city (transport, people, etc.), realtime data and urban resilience, communicating urban systems, urban economies and performance, and dynamics of innovation.

The themes can be approached in many different ways; nevertheless, the project should place the central emphasis on quantitative methods, including but not limited to Agent-based Modelling, Network Dynamics, Geo-spatial Analytics etc.

Person Specification

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who will have obtained, a Bachelor’s degree at either a first or upper second level, and a Masters degree (or nearing completion) in an appropriate quantitative subject that the candidate can demonstrate a keen interest and relevant background in their letter of application.

This studentship is open to UK and EU applicants only who meet the EPSRC's eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

To be considered for this studentship, please send a CV, letter of application and if possible a project outline to Alasdair Tatam ( and Dr Elsa Arcaute ( Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Elsa Arcaute.

Your letter of application should explain your background, motivations for applying and suitability to the project. The project outline should be no more than 1,000 words, and be prepared to bring it to the interview if you did not submit it with your application. This should sketch out some preliminary ideas in relation to how you might approach the analysis. For example, you should highlight potential methodologies as well as some substantive aims and objectives that you wish to tackle in relation to the outline described above.

In addition, please submit an application to UCL. The following link will provide you with all the needed information to formally apply:

Contact name Alasdair Tatam

Contact details:

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Closing Date 31st August 2017 at 6pm

Studentship Start Date 25 September 2017

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