The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Prof Michael Batty

Prof Michael Batty

Emeritus Professor of Planning

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Aug 1995

Research summary

His research work involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published many books and articles in this area. His book Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005) won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2010. His most recent books are The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, Cambridge. MA, 2013) and the edited volumes Virtual Geographic Environments (ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2011) and Agent Based Models of Geographical Systems (Springer, Berlin, 2012). He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The work of his group can be seen on the CASA web site http://www.casa.ucl.uk/ and in his blogs http://www.spatialcomplexity.info/ and http://www.complexcity.info/  

Teaching summary

Urban Simulation: Methods, Models and Planning Applications, Department of Geography, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, October 12th – October 15th, 2010, http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/rits/

Advanced Urban Modeling, Arizona State University, GCU 598 (28167) and PUP 598 (28168), Tempe, AZ, April 26 – May 7, 2010, http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/asu/

Cyberspace: The Geography and Planning of Virtual Worlds, (BSc3: Geography; BSc2 and 3: Bartlett Planning ), 1999-2001 (UCL)

Methods for Human Geographers (BSc2: Geography), 1998–2001 (UCL)

Practice of Geography (BSc2: Geography), 1997-1998 (UCL)

Planning Analysis (BSc 2: Bartlett Planning, MPhil Planning from 1998), 1997-1998 (UCL)

Methods for Geographers (B113: BA1/BSc1: Geography), 1996 (UCL)

GIS for Planners (BSc2/BSc3: Bartlett Planning), 1996 (UCL)

The Geography of the Information Society (GEO666), 1995 (Buffalo)

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEO481), 1994 (Buffalo)

World Civilization Post 1500 (UGC112B), 1992-1994 (Buffalo)

Land Use-Transport Models (GEO674), 1991-1993 (Buffalo)

Transportation Systems (GEO335), 1991 (Buffalo)

Urban Design (BSc1), 1986-1990 (Cardiff)

Microcomputer Applications in Planning (MSc2/DipTP2), 1984-1990 (Cardiff)

Planning Methods (MSc1), 1979 -1990 (Cardiff)

Introduction to Planning Methods (BSc1), 1979-1986 (Cardiff)

Research Methods (Scientific Method) (BSc2/MSc1), 1979-1986 (Cardiff)

Quantitative Methods (MSc2), 1979-1980 (Cardiff)

Planning Techniques (BSc2), l979-l980 (Cardiff)

Introduction to Contemporary Planning (MSc1), 1979-1980 (Cardiff)

Planning Processes (MSc/MPhil), 1976-1979 (Reading)

Land Use Models (MASc), 1974-1975 (Waterloo)

Information Theory (MASc), 1974-1975 (Waterloo)

Urban Land Use Models (MSc), 1973-1979 (Reading)

Theory and Practice of Planning (MSc), 1973-1979 (Reading)

Spatial Interaction (BSc2), 1973-1979 (Reading)

Central Place Theory (BSc2), 1972-1974 (Reading)

Urban Economics (BSc2), 1972-1976 (Reading)

Urban Design and Regional Planning, BA4, 1966-1969 (Manchester)


University of Wales, Swansea
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1983
University of Manchester
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1966


Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). His blogs www.complexcity.info cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at www.spatialcomplexity.info . His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean at the University of Wales at Cardiff and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud (generally known as the 'Nobel de Géographie'). This year 2015 he received the Founders Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. In 2016 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the Senior Scholars Award of the Complex Systems Society. He has Honorary Doctorates form the State University of New York and from the University of Leicester.

A CV is downloadable from http://www.complexcity.info/files/2016/03/BATTY-CV-2016.pdf