The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Ed Manley

Dr Ed Manley


Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2013

Research summary

Ed’s research interests broadly fall around understanding the role of individual and collective behaviour in shaping urban processes.  

Drawing on new streams of data and simulation methods, Ed's research aims to deepen our quantitative understanding of human behaviour in cities, and how these behaviours contribute to the wider dynamics we observe across the city. This has previously involved the development of quantitative methods for data analysis, machine learning, agent-based modelling, and network modelling, along side theoretical understandings drawn from disciplines such as spatial cognition, judgment and decision-making, and sociology.

Ed is particularly interested in advancing data-driven agent-based simulation in order to improve the understanding and prediction of complex social systems.  He is interested in the role of data visualisation in the presentation and communication of multifaceted datasets.

Teaching summary

Course Convenor on Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis (BENVGSC4), Smart Cities: Context, Policy and Governance (BENVGSC3), and Data Science for Spatial Systems (BENVGSA6).

Ed is a Visiting Lecturer at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has twice been nominated for the UCLC Teaching Excellence Award.


Ed’s background is in the application of computational techniques to interdisciplinary domains, with a particular focus on urban systems. 

He is Director of Research at CASA, and additionally oversees collaboration with enterprise organisations. During academic year 2016/17, he will be the Acting Vice-Dean for Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Prior to becoming a Lecturer at CASA, Ed completed his EngD at UCL CEGE, and subsequently worked as a Research Associate on the MECHANICITY project. 

Ed’s research blog can be found at www.urbanmovements.co.uk.