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Journal Articles

Smith, D.A., (2017). World city populations 1950-2030: Proportional circle time series map, Environment and Planning A, 49(1), pp 3-5.

Smith, D.A., (2016). Online interactive thematic mapping: Applications and techniques for socio-economic research, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (57), pp 106-117.

Crooks, A.T., Pfoser, D., Jenkins, A., Croitoru, A., Stefanidis, A., Smith, D. A., Karagiorgou, S., Efentakis, A. and Lamprianidis, G. (2015). Crowdsourcing urban form and function, International Journal of Geographical Information Science. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2014.977905

Kandt, J., Rode, P., Hoffmann, C., Graff, A., Smith, D. (2015), Gauging interventions for sustainable travel: a comparative study of travel attitudes in Berlin and London, Transportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice, 80, 35–48.

Reades, J. and Smith, D. A. (2014). Mapping the ‘Space of Flows’: the geography of global business telecommunications and employment specialisation in the London Mega-City Region, Regional Studies48(1), 105-126.

Jenkins, K., Hall, J., Glenis, V., Kilsby, C., McCarthy, M., Goodess, C., Smith, D. & Birkin, M. (2014). Probabilistic spatial risk assessment of heat impacts and adaptations for London. Climatic Change, 1-13.

Mascucci, A.P., Smith, D.A., Crooks, A. and Batty, M. (2010). Random planar graphs and the London street network, The European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, 71(2), 251-271.

Batty, M, Carvalho, R., Hudson-Smith, A., Milton, R., Smith, D. and Steadman, P. (2009), Scaling and allometry in the building geometries of London, The European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, 63(3), 303-314.

Book Chapters

Smith, D. A., Vargas, C. and Batty, M (2012), Simulating the Spatial Distribution of Employment in Large Cities: with Applications to Greater London  IN  Pagliara, F., de Bok, M., Simmonds, D. and Wilson, A. G. (eds), Employment location in cities and regions: models and applications, Heidelberg: Springer.

Policy Reports and Working Papers

Rode P, Floater G, Smith, D. A. et al. (2013), Stockholm: green economy leader report, LSE Cities: London.

Rode P, Floater G, Smith, D. A. et al. (2013), Going green: how cities are leading the next economy, LSE Cities: London.

Smith, D. A. and Serras, J. (2012), Estimating intra-metropolitan journey-to-work CO2 emissions: a multi-modal network approach applied to the London Region 2001, CASA Working Paper 183, University College London, London.

Smith, D.A. and Crooks, A.T. (2010), From buildings to cities: techniques for the multi-scale analysis of urban form and function, London: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London: Working Paper 155.

Smith, D. A. (2010), Valuing housing and greenspaces:  understanding local amenities, house-prices and the built-environment in London, GLA Economics Working Paper 42, Greater London Authority, London.


PhD Thesis: Polycentricity and Sustainable Urban Form in the London Region

My thesis was completed at CASA UCL in 2011, supervised by  Mike Batty and Andy Hudson-Smith. Here’s the abstract:

“This research thesis is an empirical investigation of how changing patterns of employment geography are affecting the transportation sustainability of the London region. Contemporary world cities are characterised by high levels of economic specialisation between intra-urban centres, an expanding regional scope, and market-led processes of development. These issues have been given relatively little attention in sustainable travel research, yet are increasingly defining urban structures, and need to be much better understood if improvements to urban transport sustainability are to be achieved.

London has been argued to be the core of a polycentric urban region, and currently there is mixed evidence on the various sustainability and efficiency merits of more decentralised urban forms. The focus of this research is to develop analytical tools to investigate the links between urban economic geography and transportation sustainability; and apply these tools to the case study of the London region. An innovative methodology for the detailed spatial analysis of urban form, employment geography and transport sustainability is developed for this research, with a series of new application of GIS and spatial data to urban studies.”

PDF version here.  Double sided PDF version here.

The major themes of urban sustainability, the built-environment, transport, economic change, and urban GIS- have continued to be developed in all the research projects in this blog. This includes novel visualisation techniques, such as the London urban density 3D map below-

Greater London office and retail floor space 3D density map


4 thoughts on “Research

  1. Hello Duncan, I will read your dissertation. I am interested in the concept of #CityRegion. Recently I directed a Congress in Bilbao (Basque Country-Spain) with this general topic ( and in spanish I really love to meet you in London or Oxford in order to talk about these themes. I will read it next week. So january could be good for a meeting for me.

    Dr. Igor Calzada

    1. Hi Igor,
      Thanks for taking an interest in my work. Sure would be interesting to meet in January.
      My research is about transport accessibility and business location, but is weaker on the political and social networking aspects of regional geography. For a recent summary of regional governance issues in South East England see:

      Click to access TheFutureofRegionalPolicy.pdf

      Speak to you in January.



  2. My name is Agwu John Ogbonnaya, a first year PhD student in the department of urban and regional planning, university of Lagos, Nigeria. Your work is quite interesting. l am thinking of doing similar research on Lagos megacity. Please can you be of assistance.

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