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Elisabete A. Silva


Ph.D., LISA Director

Dr. José Reis


Researcher at the Dep. of Land Economy and a member of Girton College. He holds a Ph.D. from Land Economy from Cambridge,  Master in Civil Engineering with specialization in Urban Planning from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. His main research interests are the study of Urban Form, the processes of urban growth and urban shrinkage, and Urban Planning Policy

Dr. Lun Liu


RA at the Department of Land Economy, Ph.D. in Land Economy from Cambridge. Lun will studies  the application and adaption of state-of-the-art modelling and analysis methods, e.g. cellular automata (CA), agent-based modelling (ABM) and big data mining into Chinese local contexts. She is interested in urban modelling and quantitative spatial analysis of Chinese cities .

Dr. Saad Salem


Researcher  - Dr Saad Saleem Bhatti is affiliated with LISA and the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge as a Research Associate.  He is associated with the field of geoinformatics since 10 years, including around 6 years of teaching and research experience at the Remote Sensing and GIS Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and the Institute of Geographical Information Systems, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. His research interests include multi-disciplinary applications of GIS techniques, spatio-temporal analysis and mapping, image processing, interpretation and analysis, and simulation modeling.

Felix Agyemang


PhD student at the Dept of Land Economy and a member of Jesus College. He holds an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Felix is exploring the integration of Agent-based modelling with Cellular Automata in modelling and simulating urban growth and its environmental impacts. His research interests cover dynamic modelling and simulation of urban systems; urban planning and development; sustainable urban growth; and housing finance.


Chaowei Xiao

Chaowei Xiao cx223(at)

PhD student at the Dep. of Land Economy and a member of Jesus College. He holds a Master in Geography Information Science from the Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He will explore the spatial big data analytics and dynamic simulation for urban planning. He is also interested in sustainable urban planning (carbon emission calculation, sustainable urban solutions, CFD)


Bingyu  Zhao



Bingyu is a PhD student supervised by Professor Kenichi Soga ( and co-supervised by Dr Elisabete Silva ( Her PhD topic is about simulating the degradation and maintenance effects on an urban transport infrastructure network. Through her work, she hopes to answer the question of whether system-level modelling will generate more realistic and accurate simulations on infrastructure conditions. She is a member of Churchill College.

Gerry Cassey


Gerard Casey is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering. He holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from Queen's University Belfast and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. His PhD research is supervised by Professor Kenichi Soga and advised by Dr Elisabete Silva and Professor Peter Guthrie. His PhD thesis is entitled "High Speed Rail versus Aviation: An Agent Based Model supported by real-time big-data."

Jianzheng (James) LIU

Visiting Researcher, Dr Jianzheng Liu is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong. He is visiting Department of Land Economy of Cambridge University from March 2017 to May 2018. Dr Liu's research mainly focuses on two strands of areas: (1) socioeconomic policies relating to built environment and well-being, including urban air pollution, green space and mental health; (2) computational methodologies and their use in urban analysis, including GIS, RS, visualization and big data analytics. Dr Liu received his PhD degree at The University of Hong Kong in 2016. He also holds an MSc degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Peking University, and a BSc degree in Geographical Information Science at East China Normal University in Shanghai. For more information, please visit his website

Yiwen Qiu yq244(at) Ph.D. student

  Heeseo Rain Kwon


 Ph.D. student

Prof. Fernando Garrefa


 Visisting Professor

Haifeng Niu


Ph.D. student

Shiyi Song


Visiting Ph.D. researcher
Sun Yu

Visiting researcher

M. Phil Student Researcher

Previous Researchers working at LISA and with Dr. Silva: Wilson Lu, Ransford A. Acheampong, Mei Lin Yeo, Aleksandra Pedraszewska, Alessandro Barbieri, Zhenshan Yang, Helin Liu, Qiang Wang, Yishan Hou, Ana Virtudes, Yu Sun, Andrew Sedor, Sabrina Haji-Mohd-Daud, Mandy Lau, Li Xiaopeng, Fernando Madeira, Pang Jing, Diao Li Lin, Wei Huang, Lauren Andres, Jinming Yan, Ning Wu, Nan Song, Saulo Souza.

Friday 2 November 2018

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