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Research interests

I am an urban and regional planner (Master's, Virginia Commonwealth University) and geographer (PhD, University of Helsinki), working primarily in the fields of

  • Sustainable spatial planning and urbanism, notably land use, 2D and 3D urbanization scenario simulations, livable and healthy cities, bottom-up urbanism and societal resilience, typology of sustainable cities, role of value hierarchies and culture in sustainability and urban/regional development.
  • Spatial economics, esp. housing markets, economic effects of natural risks and adaptation-mitigation solutions, spatial econometrics and the spatial structure and spatial interaction of economic mechanisms.
  • Climate and weather impacts and adaptation/resilience in cities and territories [heatwaves, flooding, green infrastructure], aviation [resilience of airports and the flight network; maintenance and safety] and energy [solar energy, residential energy use].
  • Computational methods for planning and decision support, esp. AI and complexity approaches: cellular automata, agent-based models, space syntax, fractals, fuzzy logic, 'fuzzy' cognitive maps.

I am especially interested in developing operational decision/planning support systems with computational and statistical methods, including their interpretability, legitimacy and responsible use, and in developing a typology of resilient settlements and their trajectories. I have previously lectured  courses on spatial econometrics, urban modeling and spatial planning. I have served as principal investigator, task leader or contributor in numerous ERC and National research projects and recently contributed to the United Nations ESCAP-APDIM's effort to produce the first Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.

I am a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), and the Urban Economics Association.


  • NA Architecture
  • Spatial planning
  • Urbanism
  • Sustainable cities
  • Livability
  • G Geography (General)
  • Economic geography
  • Human geography
  • Urban studies
  • Adaptive urbanism
  • HA Statistics
  • Spatial econometrics
  • Time series econometrics
  • Q Science (General)
  • Computational methods
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Complexity science
  • Cellular automata
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Agent-based models
  • Fractals
  • Simulation/modeling ethics
  • Model interpretability
  • HD61 Risk Management
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Air quality
  • Heatwaves
  • Flooding
  • Sand and dust storms
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Urban resilience
  • HB Economic Theory
  • Spatial economics
  • Housing markets


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