The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Ed Manley

Dr Ed Manley

Associate Professor

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2013

Research summary

Ed’s research aims to deepen our quantitative understanding of human behaviour in cities, and how these behaviours shape urban activity and dynamics. He is particularly interested in the role of bounded rationality and spatial cognition in travel decision-making, and the adaptation of behaviour in response to short and long-term shocks. His research combines quantitative methods, including exploratory data analysis, machine learning, agent-based modelling, and network modelling, with theory drawn from diverse disciplines such as urban geography, transportation, spatial cognition, judgment and decision-making, and sociology. He also has interests in the role of data visualisation in communicating complex datasets for decision-making. 

Teaching summary

Ed is course convenor on Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis (CASA0009) and Data Science for Spatial Systems (CASA0006). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education from UCL Institute of Education. Ed is currently on teaching leave until late 2020.


Dr Ed Manley FRGS FRSA is an Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. He is an Associate Editor of the Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy journal, and chairs the GIScience Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society. He received his Engineering Doctorate from University College London in 2013. Ed is the Faculty Impact Lead for the Bartlett Faculty, and served as Acting Vice Dean Research for the faculty in 2016/17.