The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Jens Kandt

Dr Jens Kandt

Lecturer in Urban Geography and Data Science

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2015

Research summary

My work links social theory and quantitative geography to understand how social and urban processes shape inequalities in health and well-being. Having a background in urban geography and planning, I am particularly interested in the role of everyday lifestyle and mobility practices, their location in geographic space and their relations to long-term dynamics of social mobility, residential selection and migration.

I have conducted and contributed to research projects on:

  • Social, physical and psychological determinants of mobility practices
  • 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 as it relates to

  • Spatial analysis and statistics
  • 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


University College London
FHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2018
University College London
PhD, Urban Geography | 2015
Universitat Dortmund
Dipl. Ing., Urban and Rural Planning | 2010