The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


Dr Esra Suel

Lecturer in City Modelling

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2022

Research summary

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. 

Teaching summary

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.