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Team Members

Professor Laura Vaughan (Principal Investigator)

Prof Laura Vaughan is a Professor of Urban Form and Society at the Bartlett, University College London and is a member of the UCL Space research group. Her research stems from a concern with the challenges posed by an increasingly urbanised society. In collaboration with colleagues she uses space syntax to study the relationship between micro- and macro- scales of urban form and society and to this end has been collaborating with geographers, historians and social scientists for nearly a decade. The aim of this interdisciplinary work is to be able address the inherent complexity of the urban environment both theoretically and methodologically. She has an extensive track record of funded research into immigrant settlement patterns, poverty areas and suburban town centres and has published extensively on these subjects. She teaches on the MSc/MRes Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities (SDAC) at the Bartlett and supervises a large group of doctoral students. email | website

Professor Muki Haklay (Co-Investigator)

Professor Muki Haklay specialises in public access and use of Environmental Information; Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability Engineering aspects of GIS; and societal aspects of GIS use – in particular, participatory mapping and Citizen Science. He is a Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, where he leads the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group. He is an expert in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GISc) and has worked extensively on acquisition, management and analysis of Geographical Information. He has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research, and is the director of the Chorley Institute – an interfaculty research centre at UCL that focuses on facilitating interdisciplinary research which can benefit from the use of geographical and spatial technologies. email | website

Dr Sam Griffiths (Co-Investigator)

Dr Sam Griffiths is Lecturer in Urban Morphology and Spatial Theory at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL. His principal research interest is in understanding the historical relationship between urban form and social activity, focusing particularly on the emergent spatialities of urban routines and rituals in industrial cities and London. He is the Course Director MSc/MRes Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities (SDAC) and a Co-Editor of the journal Urban Design International. He has worked as Research Fellow on the EPSRC's Towards Successful Suburban Town Centres project. email | website

Dr Victor Buchli (Co-Investigator)

Dr Victor Buchli is Reader in Material Culture and works on architecture, domesticity, the archaeology of the recent past, critical understandings of materiality and new technologies and the anthropology of sustainability and design. He also teaches on the UCL Urban Studies MSc and supervises on the MPhil/PhD programme at the Bartlett and serves on the Board of the Victoria and Albert/Royal College of Art MA History of Design Programme. He has conducted fieldwork in Russia, Britain and more recently in Kazakhstan. Concurrently he is starting new research in new materials and new technologies examining the rise of rapid manufacturing or 3-D printing. This research is part of a co-organised ESRC funded initiative entitled New Materials, New Technologies with Susanne Kuechler and Graeme Were in UCL Anthropology and Materials Sciences at Kings College London. More recently he has begun work as a member of the interdisciplinary Templeton Scholars Group on the origins of domesticity at the Neolithic site of Çatal Höyük in Turkey where he is examining long term culture change and processes of material iteration and innovation. email | website

Dr Claire Ellul (Co-Investigator)

Dr Claire Ellul is a lecturer in Geographic Information Science (GIS) in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL. Her principle research interests include spatial data infrastructures - combining spatial databases and data management and maximising data availability, use and reuse - particularly in the context of interdisciplinary academic projects. She is also researching methods to facilitate the teaching of GIS to users in disciplines where it is not commonly employed as a tool. As a lecturer on the MSc in Geographic Information Science, she focusses on the principles of GIS, spatial databases and web and mobile GIS. email | website

Patrick Rickles (Research Assistant)

Patrick Rickles obtained an MSc in Geographical Information Science (GIS) in 2005 from UCL's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and spent a number of years in industry working for Software Engineering, Oil and Gas, and Urban Planning companies, expanding his knowledge on various potential applications of GIS. His research interests include Interdisciplinary Research, Geospatial Education, and Web Development. email

Ashley Dhanani (PhD Student)

Ashley Dhanani is focusing on understanding the network properties of the social and spatial development of urban form. He is also interested in ideas about urban planning that permit the continued adaptation of urban space to changing social and economic demands through time. His undergraduate and postgraduate studies were completed at UCL where he studied for a BSc (Hons) in Geography and then completed a MSc in Geographic Information Science. Ashley started work as a research associate on the UCL Street Mobility and Network Accessibility research project at in January 2014. email | website

David Jeevendrampillai (PhD Student)

David Jeevendrampillai uses anthropological methods to explore historical questions of the relationship between the transformation of the built environment, community actions, local movement patterns and social networks in suburbs space. His research takes a historical approach to ethnography to assemble a detailed account of how history and place is understood in relation to value of place and socially productive environments.  The research then asks questions of how this social productivity relates to a healthy commercial suburban environment blurring the line between social and economic practices in suburban space over time. email | website

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