The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


Chen Zhong joins CASA as Associate Professor in Urban Analytics

2 February 2021

Urban Mobility

As of January 2021, CASA is delighted to welcome back Dr Chen Zhong as Associate Professor in Urban Analytics. Chen previously worked with us as a Research Associate between 2014 and 2016. 

Chen was trained as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) engineer. She obtained a BEng (2008), MEng (2010) both from Wuhan University, China, and a PhD from ETH Zurich (2014). Since 2016 she has been a Lecturer in Spatial Analysis at King's College London. Her research interests include spatial data mining, spatiotemporal visualisation, complex network analysis, and the use of such analytical techniques for urban and transport planning. Her work is key to CASA's SIMETRI project led by Professor Michael Batty and Dr Duncan Smith, exploring the urbanisation of the Greater Bay Area, the largest metropolitan area in the world which includes Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and the Pearl River Delta.

Dr Adam Dennett, Head of Department at CASA, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Chen back to CASA for her second stint with us. Chen is an exceptional scholar working innovative research related to transport and mobility problems. Her new ERC-funded realTRIPS project will look to harness the detailed data that now exist pertaining to our daily mobility patterns (be that from smart cards, mobile telephone data or other sources) and look to develop a deeper understanding of how the variability of our movements interrelates with urban land use and transport at different scales and feed into our understanding of urban development in different contexts. This is extremely important work and will help improve our core understanding of urban patterns and processes. I know that Chen and her research will be very important in carrying on the tradition of excellent research in this area in CASA and I can’t wait to see what comes out of her project.”