Professor Ed Manley

Professor Ed Manley

Profile

Ed Manley is a Professor of Urban Analytics in the School of Geography, and member of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP) research cluster. He is affiliated with the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), he is a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, and Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL).

Ed joined Leeds from UCL in 2019, where he completed his Engineering Doctorate, before moving onto becoming Lecturer in Smart Cities and latterly Associate Professor at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Ed is an Associate Editor of the Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy journal, and chaired the GIScience Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society between 2018 and 2021, where remains a Fellow. He was winner of the Phillip Leverhulme Prize for Geography in 2022.

Ed is currently Interim Head of School of Geography, and a co-Director of LIDA: Societies. Previously he served as Director of Research and Interim Vice Dean: Research in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. 

Responsibilities

  • Interim Head of School
  • Co-Director of LIDA: Societies

Research interests

Ed’s research deepens our understanding of human mobility behaviour in cities, using new forms of data and computational methods to capture how spatial behaviours shape urban activity and dynamics.

He is particularly interested in the role of bounded rationality and spatial cognition in travel decision-making, and the adaptation of behaviour in response to short and long-term shocks. His research uses a range of data science and machine learning methods, agent-based modelling, and network modelling, with theory drawn from diverse disciplines such as urban geography, transportation, spatial cognition, judgment and decision-making, and sociology. He also has interests in the role of data visualisation in communicating complex datasets for decision-making. 

Ed has been involved with over £15m of funded research projects as Principal and Co-Investigator from diverse sources, including the EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, ERC, Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, and the UK Government. He is a Co-Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), a major investment of the ESRC. 

Ed’s research has been published in numerous top tier journals including Nature, PNAS, Scientific ReportsIJGIS, Cities, The Lancet, Nature MedicineJournal of Transport Geography, and is a co-author of Agent-based Modelling and Geographic Information Systems: A Practical Primer published by Sage.

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Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Student education

I teach on the MSc Urban Data Science and Analytics, leading Analytics for Urban Policy (GEOG5404M) and the associated course fieldtrip.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy

Current postgraduate researchers

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