Michael Batty

Michael Batty has been a member of the CSH External Faculty since February 2020. Mike is Bartlett professor of planning at University College London where he is chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). Prior to his current position, Mike was professor of city planning and dean of the School of Environmental Design at the University of Wales at Cardiff from 1979 to 1990 and then director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1990 to 1995.

Mike has worked on computer models of cities and their visualization since the 1970s. His blog www.complexcity.info covers the science underpinning the technology of cities, his posts and lectures on Big Data and smart cities are available at www.spatialcomplexity.info.

Mike is a fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society (FRS). He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and was the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud. In 2015 he received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities. In 2016, he received the senior scholar award of the Complex Systems Society and the gold medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Michael has published several books, such as “Cities and Complexity” (MIT Press, 2005) and “The New Science of Cities” (MIT Press, 2013). Both books won the Alonso Prize of the North American Regional Science Association. His most recent book (“Inventing Future Cities”) was published by MIT Press in late 2018.

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