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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

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

 Haifeng Niu


PhD student at the Dep. of Land Economy and a member of St Edmund’s College. Haifeng holds a MEng in Urban and Rural Planning from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is exploring crowdsourced data in mining urban activity with advanced spatial analysis. His main research interests cover data-driven urban analysis and dynamic simulation of urban development.

Heeseo Rain Kwon


PhD student at the Dep. of Land Economy and a member of Fitzwilliam College. She holds an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Rain is exploring behavioural theories and rules in agent-based models to enhance dynamic simulation of urban change. She is also interested in smart city and big data analytics

Yiwen Qiu yq244(at) PhD student at the Dept of Land Economy and a member of Queens' College. She holds an Mphil in Regional Economics from Peking University. She is exploring the economic connections and spatial dynamics of the complex firm-industry-region system by means of spatial analysis, econometrics and agent-based modeling. Her main research interests cover multi-actor and multi-scalar analysis of urban and regional development, industrial dynamics, spatial equality and efficiency.
 Yiqiao Chen yc418(at)

PhD student at the Dept of Land Economy and a member of Churchill College. She holds an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the Dept of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Yiqiao is exploring the integration of Agent-based model with new dataset beyond Census in simulating smart governance in several growing and shrinking UK cities. Her research interests cover urban data analysis (social media data and census data), dynamic modelling and simulating urban systems, urban shrinkage and policy evaluation.

Stephen Ajadi


Ph.D. Student at the Department of Land Economy a member of Fitzwilliam College. He is the Director of the African Contemporary Institute of Design (Nigeria & Uganda). He is an Architect and a Planner. He holds an MDes in Design and Innovation for Sustainability from Cranfield University, UK, an MEDesign in Architecture from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a PgD in Management from the Nigeria Institute of Customer Relationship Management.  Stephen is studying the socio-spatial impacts of conflict and displacement on certain parameters of sub-Saharan African cities using ethnography, GIS and visual algorithms.
Chaowei Xiao


Abid Rehman


Abid Rehman is a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics, National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan. His PhD research focuses on the Travel and Housing Demand of Tenant’s households in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Abid holds his BS degrees in Mathematics and MPhil in Economics. He has been working as a visiting faculty member at National University of Sciences and Technology, National University of Modern Languages for three years, where he leads the courses of Urban economics, Mathematical Economics, International Finance and Environmental Economics.

Previous Researchers working at LISA and with Dr. Silva: Jingxin Nie, Lun Liu, Felix Agyemang, Chaowei Xiao, Saad Salem, Sophia Forde, Sang Keon Lee, Bingyu  Zhao, Gerry Cassey, Jianzheng (James) Liu, Fernando Garrefa, Shiyi Song, 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.