I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computational Social Science and a researcher in the Center for Social Complexity which is part of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University.
I have studied at the University of Edinburgh obtaining a BSc (hons) in Geology and Physical Geography and an MSc in Geographical Information Science. Prior to starting my PhD at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, I worked as a research and information officer for the social work department of Edinburgh City Council.
My PhD thesis was entitled 'Experimenting with Cities: Utilizing Agent-Based Models and GIS to Explore Urban Dynamics.' This research investigated the potential of integrating GIS and agent-based models thus providing the ability to link agents to actual 'real' world places. The PhD was carried out under the supervision of Professor's Michael Batty and Paul Longley and sponsored by the Greater London Authority (GLA) Economics unit.
Since completion of my PhD and before joining George Mason University, I held the position of 'GLA Economics Research Fellow in Urban Systems' at CASA where I continued to develop geographical explicit agent-based models along with exploring and developing various other GIS applications and models focused around London.
When I am not teaching or carrying out research I am the author of an online Blog entitled GIS and Agent-Based Modeling, which highlights my current work and research interests. These include exploring, understanding and the communication of the physical and socio-economic environments using GIS, spatial analysis, geovisualization and agent-based modeling methodologies.