The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Adam Dennett

Dr Adam Dennett

Senior Lecturer

Head of Department

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2010

Research summary

 I have a range of research interests which all fall broadly under the banner of quantitative human / population geography. 

Much of my recent work has explored techniques for modelling and understanding internal and international migration. In addition, I currently lead the SYLLS (Synthetic Data Estimation for UK Longitudinal Studies) project which is involved in developing techniques to generate artificial micro-level longitudinal population data. 

I am interested in all areas of population geography and demography – particularly the application of statistical, mathematical and GIS techniques in the understanding human spatial patterns and processes.

Teaching summary

I currently teach the BENVGA3 Geographic Information Systems and Science course in CASA / the wider Bartlett faculty.


I am a currently Lecturer in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London.

Previously in UCL I worked as lead researcher on the migration stream of the Explaining, Modelling & Forecasting Global Dynamics (ENFOLD-ing) project and as a Research Associate for both the UK Data Service Census Support Service (with Oliver Duke-Williams in the Department for Information Studies) and the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS).

Prior to joining UCL, I worked in the School of Geography, University of Leeds. For four years I was involved in facilitating access for academic users to large (primarily census but increasingly non-census), interaction data sets as a research officer for the Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER) project funded by the ESRC. 

Whilst at Leeds I completed my PhD, with a thesis titled "Understanding internal migration in Britain at the start of the 21st Century". Part of this work involved developing a national geodemographic area classification based on the characteristics of migrants and migration flows; a classification which has used as a framework for monitoring changes in the patterns of internal migration in Britain between censuses. 

I have also had another career as a secondary school teacher. After completing a degree in geography at Lancaster University and teacher training at the University of Cambridge I worked for three years as a geography teacher at Hedingham School in Essex.