The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Natalia Zdanowska

Dr Natalia Zdanowska

Research Associate

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2018

Research summary

My research focuses on analysing cities from an urban and economic perspective.

My current work as a research associate at CASA deals with inequalities between cities and regions in the United Kingdom with particular interest given to the city of Manchester - the second economic centre of the country. I am investigating the association between negative consequence of economies of agglomeration and flows of capital, credit, investment and employment with a specific focus on the activity of firms in cities.

My doctoral research dealt with Central and Eastern European cities (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Slovenia and Romania). I explored their transformation after the fall of the Berlin Wall in the light of their demographical trajectories and their interactions in different types of transnational economic networks (companies, investments, air trasportations, trade).

Teaching summary

2017-2018 Graduate Research And Teaching Assistant (Attaché Temporaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche - A.T.E.R.) at University Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Courses: "Data analysis and cartographic representations", "Statistics", "Globalisation and Territories'' (undergraduate students) - 101,5 hours

2016-2017 Teaching Assistant at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Courses: "Statistics", "Globalisation and Territories'' (undergraduate students) - 52h

2015-2016 Teaching Assistant at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Course: "Globalisation and Territories'' (undergraduate students) - 78h


Natalia Zdanowska is an economist and a geographer. She holds a PhD in Geography from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and two masters degrees - in Applied Economics and in Urban Geography from the same University. Her doctoral research dealt with spatial integration of Central and Eastern European cities since 1989 in the light of firm, trade and air transportation networks.

Natalia joinded CASA as a research associate in August 2018, working with Dr. Elsa Arcaute and Prof. Michael Batty within The Urban Dynamics Lab at UCL as part of the EPSRC-funded research project (UK Regions Digital Research Facility) bringing together expertise from across UCL (Space Syntax, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Geography and Computer Science), to explore and address questions at the intersection of city and regional economic development and urban modelling, data analytics and computing.

Natalia is also part of the "Nested structure of geoindustrial clusters: comparing London and Paris" project for 2019-2020, funded by Cities partnerships Programme Fund of UCL. Coordinated by Dr. Elsa Arcaute and Dr. Clémentine Cottineau, it aims at reinforcing cooperation between UCL and CNRS (France) on the topics of clustering of activities of firms in London, Manchester and Paris.

Presentation at international conferences:

Zdanowska, N., Godoy-Lorite, A., Arcaute, E. 2019 "Are start-ups significant determinants of economic attraction? The case of Greater Manchester", Regional Studies Association Conference, 14-15 November, London (United Kingdom)

Zdanowska, N., Arcaute, E. 2019 "Manchester’s regional role: ownership networks of firms since 2010", Complex Systems Society conference, 30 September - 4 October, Singapore

Raimbault, J., Zdanowska, N. 2019 "An agent-based model for city networks based on interactions between firms", Complex Systems Society conference, 30 September - 4 October, Singapore

Zdanowska, N. 2019 "Smart cities, planning, urban dynamics and analytics: QUANT and VILO research projects at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis", International Conference on Intelligent Environments, International University of Rabat, 24-27 June, Rabat (Morocco)

Zdanowska, N. 2019 "Manchester within multinational networks of firms", International Conference on Intelligent Environments, International University of Rabat, 24-27 June, Rabat (Morocco)

Zdanowska, N. 2018 "Economic polarization and transnational investment networks: a Central and Eastern European evidence", Complex Systems Society conference, 23-28 September, Thessaloniki (Greece)


2019 Vanhoof, M., Godoy-Lorite, A., Murcio, R., Iacopini, I., Zdanowska, N., Raimbault, J., Milton, R., Arcaute, E., Batty M. « Using Foursquare data to reveal spatial and temporal patterns in London », winners of the Foursquare Future Cities Challenge, NetMob conference, 8-10 July 2019, Mathematical Institute of Oxford University, Oxford (United Kingdom)