The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Jens Kandt

Dr Jens Kandt

Associate Professor in Urban Geography and Data Science

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2015

Research summary

My research interests lie in the interplay of transport, mobility and health in urban environments, specifically the question of how day-to-day practices, social structure and geographical context influence inequalities in health and well-being. Throughout my research, I develop methodological innovations in processing both established and novel data sources (big data) for strategic applications in urban policy, transport planning and public health.

I have led and contributed to research projects on:

  • Transport, social inclusion and health

  • Social practice theory and health
  • Housing and health disparities
  • Intergenerational social and spatial mobility
  • Bio-social processes and population structure
  • Geodemographic analysis of health

A substantial part of my research is concerned with methodology in the areas of:

  • Spatial analysis, statistics and small area estimation

  • Data science techniques: ‘big’ population, consumer and travel smart card data
  • Specialised GIScience with focus on regionalisation and surname geographies
  • Case-based methods: classification, cluster analysis, sequence analysis, geodemographics
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Bayesian inference

Teaching summary

I advise doctoral students on the following topics

  • Transport, health and social exclusion

  • Social and spatial health disparities
  • Health inequalities and planning

I teach on CASA's MSc 'Smart Cities and Urban Analytics' and lead the following modules:
  • Urban Systems Theory (CASA0001)
  • Smart Cities: Context, Policy and Governance (CASA0008)


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2018
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2015
Universitat Dortmund
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diplom- Ingenieur | 2010