Mike Batty

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Michael Batty

Michael Batty CBE, FBA, FRS (born 11 January 1945) is a British urban planner and geographer, and a Professor in The Bartlett at University College London (UCL).[1][2] Mike has been chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) which was set up as he was appointed to UCL in 1995.[3] Mike's research and the work of CASA focused on computer models of city systems. Mike was awarded the William Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, the University Consortium GIS Research Award in 2012,[4] and the prestigious Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud, the so-called 'Nobel Prize' for geography in 2013.


Born In Liverpool, he was educated at Northway County Primary School from 1950 to 1956 and then at Quarry Bank High School for Boys from 1956 to 1962. He went to the University of Manchester (1962-1966) where he studied Town and Country Planning gaining the BA degree with First Class Honours in 1966. His PhD is from the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology in 1984. The thesis on Pseudo Dynamic Urban Models[5] was made available on-line in 2012.[6]

Current Affiliations[edit]

  • Mike is (Emeritus) Professor of Planning in the Bartlett School at UCL where he is Chairman of the (CASA).[1] From 1995 to 2003, he was Professor of Spatial Analysis and Planning holding a joint appointment between the Department of Geography and the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. In 2003 Mike became Bartlett Professor of Planning, succeeding Professor Sir Peter Hall
  • Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University.[7]
  • Honorary Professor at Cardiff University.[8]
  • Editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design.[9]

Academic career[edit]

Mike began his academic career in the University of Manchester in 1966 where he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer in Town and Country Planning. He then spent 10 years at the University of Reading as Research Assistant, Lecturer and Reader in Geography. During this time he spent one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Transport Planning in the Department of Civil Engineering in the University of Waterloo Ontario. He moved to the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (now the University of Cardiff), in 1979, where he was Professor of Town Planning. During this time, he acted as Head of Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design. In 1990, he moved to direct the US National Science Foundation (NSF) National Centre for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) where he was a Professor of Geography.

Mike held several visiting appointments in computing, engineering, planning, and geography at the following Universities: University of Illinois; University of Melbourne; University of Hong Kong; University of Bristol; University of Michigan; and he currently has visiting appointments at Cardiff University [10] and Arizona State University.[11]


Mike's research has focussed on the development of analytical methods and computer models for simulating the structure of cities and regions. Early work involved aggregate land use transport models which are summarised in his first book Urban Modelling.[12] After this early work, Mike focused for a while on more visual representations of cities and their models and some of these were represented in his second book Microcomputer Graphics.[13] With Paul Longley, Mike published Fractal Cities.[14] This work established the idea that cities might be regarded as the outcome of self-similar fractal processes generating structure from the bottom up. Mike's work on complexity theory in urban analysis and planning is the focus of his book Cities and Complexity,[15] a summary of which is available on his ComplexCity web site.[16] Mike's most recent book which is The New Science of Cities.[17] This work ties many of the ideas together, developing the notion that it is flows rather than locations that are key to an understanding not only of cities but also the processes for their design and planning.

Mike has edited several volumes, most recently Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems,[18] and Virtual Geographic Environments.[19]

Memberships and Fellowships[edit]

Learned Societies: He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 2009, a Fellow of the British Academy since 2001, a Member of Academy of Social Sciences since 2001 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1982.

Professional Institutes: He has been a Member now Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1971, and the The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport since 1984.

Past Roles[edit]

He has recently acted as: Member of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information - APPSI, Chair of the ESRC Census Advisory Committee, and a Member of the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2004-2009 Geography Panel.

At Cardiff, he was a Member of the Computer Board for British Universities and Research Councils, now JISC (1988–1990), a Member of the SERC (Science and Engineering Research Council) Transport Committee (1982–1985), Chair (1980–1982), then Vice-Chair (1982–1984) of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Environment and Planning Committee, and Chair of the Conference of Heads Of Planning Schools (CHOPS) 1986-1980.


Year awarded Name of Award Awarding organisation Reason for award
2013 Vautrin Lud Prize
2010 Alonso Prize Regional Science Association Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005)[20]
2004 CBE Services to geography
2002 Innovation Association of Geographic Information
1999 Sir George Back Award Royal Geographical Society Contributions to national policy and practice in planning and city design
1998 Technological Progress Association of Geographic Information


  1. ^ a b "Mike Batty's CASA UCL Web Page". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  2. ^ "UCL Academic Honour KPI Summary Table". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  3. ^ "UCL CASA Web Home Page". Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  4. ^ "University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Mike Batty Web Page". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  5. ^ Batty, M. (1984). "Pseudo Dynamic Urban Models". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  6. ^ Batty, M. (2012). "Research, Write, Type, Submit, Pass, and 30 Years Later...". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  7. ^ Arizona State University Mike Batty Web Page, retrieved 2011-11-22 
  8. ^ Cardiff University Mike Batty Web Page, retrieved 2011-11-22 
  9. ^ "Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design: Editorial Board Web Page". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  10. ^ "Cardiff School of Planning and Geography Mike Batty Web Page". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Mike Batty Web Page". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  12. ^ Batty, M. (1976), Urban Modelling: Algorithms, Calibrations, Predictions, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  13. ^ Batty, M. (1987), Microcomputer Graphics, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  14. ^ Batty, M., Longley, P. (1994), Fractal Cities, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  15. ^ Batty, M. (2005), Fractal Cities, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  16. ^ "A Science of Cities". Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  17. ^ Batty, M. (2013), The New Science of Cities, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  18. ^ Batty, M., Heppenstall, A.J., Crooks, A.T., See, L.M., ed. (2011), Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  19. ^ Batty, M. and Lin, H., ed. (2011), Virtual Geographic Environments, ISBN 9781589483248, retrieved 2014-10-28 
  20. ^ MIT Press Cities and Complexity Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals Book Web Page, retrieved 2011-04-18 

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