Professor JP MacIntosh
As the Leadership Professorial Research Fellow in the Office of Vice-Provost Research (OVPR) UCL, Professor MacIntosh brings decades of policy, strategy, research and innovation experience at the highest levels of decision-taking to academia. The focus of his recent venture research is the value of learning in time. Melding basic science with realistic capability and policy options is a mainstay of his work. Professor MacIntosh is also the Director of the Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security (ISRS) at UCL.
Professor Michelle Baddeley
Professor Michelle Baddeley is Research Professor at the University of South Australia's Institute for Choice and Honorary Professor at UCL's Institute for Global Prosperity. Her research is in the fields of behavioural economics, neuroeconomics, development economics and macroeconomics on topics including financial decision-making, housing, infrastructure, labour economics, refugees and migration, energy and the environment, and cyber-security. She uses a diverse range of data and empirical tools – including in multi-disciplinary analyses of socio-psychological influences on economic decision-making. She regularly contributes to public policy initiatives and is keen to promote public understanding of economics via her writing and media appearances. Her latest book Copycats and Contrarians – Why We Follow Others, and When We Don't, is forthcoming with Yale University Press.
Professor Mike Batty
Professor Mike Batty is the Bartlett Professor of Planning (Emeritus) at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. His research work involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, visualisation and related spatial analytic methods. He is Editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, the leading journal for the publication of high-quality articles that present cutting-edge research in analytical methods for urban planning and design.
Dr Sarah Wise
Dr Sarah Wise is an expert in computational social science and agent-based modelling, specialising in their application to spatial and urban systems. Her research interests lie in exploring and forecasting the development of systems involving people, infrastructure, and information using methodologies such as agent-based modelling, social network analysis, data mining, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems.
Dr Ana Tomičić
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Ana Tomicic focuses on the sociology of knowledge and higher education reform, considering the specific ways and mechanisms through which Universities can act as drivers for social and economic transformation. Her research builds on these interests by examining how knowledge management connects to urban development in the Lebanese context. She is primarily pursuing this interest through the “Creating Value” strand of the RELIEF Centre, at UCL. More specifically, her research will contribute to the development of new models for assessing the value of successful community-driven projects in terms of job creation, health, well-being, and capacity for innovation. This research aspires to create new forms of inclusive growth and social and economic value for host and refugee communities. Before joining the IGP/RELIEF team, she worked as a researcher on interdisciplinary projects at La Sapienza University of Rome, at the University of Geneva and Masaryk University, exploring the role of universities in the global knowledge economy and how they can relate to broader processes of social change.