Dr Esra Suel
Lecturer in City Modelling
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jun 2022
My research focuses on development of computational methods for analysing of urban environments and human behavior in cities. It is motivated by questions in urban mobility, land-use, housing, and health. The goals are:
- making quantitative measurements at high spatio-temporal resolution using emerging sources of digital data,
- estimating the influence of spatial factors on individual behaviour and outcomes, and
- characterising change both at (individual and aggregate levels) and its drivers
in the context of cities.
In 2022/23 academic year, I will be teaching Urban Systems Theory (CASA0001) with Prof. Adam Dennett.
I received my PhD degree in Urban Systems and Transport Planning from Imperial College London in 2016. I also hold a BSc. degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University and an MSE degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan.
After my PhD, I joined the Global Environmental Health Research Group as postdoc working for the Wellcome Trust funded Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities project. In 2018, I was awarded an MRC Rutherford Fellowship based at the MRC Center for Environment and Health. As part of my training, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I also worked (part-time) at ETH Zurich as a Senior Data Scientist at the Swiss Data Science Center between 2018 and 2021, and as Senior Assistant at the Chair of Geoinformation Engineering.