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Dr Jens Kandt

Dr Jens Kandt

Lecturer in Urban Geography and Data Science

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2015

Research summary

My research focuses on how social and urban processes shape inequalities in health and well-being. I am particularly interested in the role of day-to-day practices, social structure and mobility with a view to contribute to urban policy, transport planning and public health. Having a background in urban geography and planning, I develop a socio-spatial perspective on mobility and health and often process large population and consumer datasets using a range of data science methods.

I have conducted and contributed to research projects on:

  • Transport, social inclusion and health

  • Social practice theory and health
  • Housing and health disparities
  • Intergenerational social and spatial mobility
  • Bio-social processes and population structure
  • Geodemographic analysis of health

A substantial part of my research is concerned with methodology as it relates to

  • Spatial analysis and statistics
  • Data science techniques: ‘big’ population, consumer and travel smart card data
  • Specialised GIScience with focus on regionalisation and surname geographies
  • Case-based methods: classification, cluster analysis, sequence analysis, geodemographics
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Bayesian inference

Teaching summary

I advise doctoral students on the following topics

  • Transport, health and social exclusion

  • Social and spatial health disparities
  • Health inequalities and planning

I teach on CASA's MSc 'Smart Cities and Urban Analytics' and lead the following modules:
  • Urban Systems Theory (CASA0001)
  • Smart Cities: Context, Policy and Governance (CASA0008)

Education

University College London
FHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2018
University College London
PhD, Urban Geography | 2015
Universitat Dortmund
Dipl. Ing., Urban and Rural Planning | 2010
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