Science of cities

We study cities

Scientific foundations

Our research focuses on the foundations of urban theory. we design empirical methods to get an accurate picture of cities, and propose simple models to understand them.
in particular, we are interested in the definition of cities and systems of cities, quantifying urban form, scaling relationships and street patterns. we also have a soft spot for broad societal issues such as residential segregation, economic mobility as well as the efficiency of the electoral system.

Towards better policies

we firmly believes that a quantitative understanding of the mechanisms at play in our societies will allow us to design more efficient policies.

Open science

we also believe in open science. all our empirical studies are thus completely reproducible. all methods used are packaged into libraries that can be readily used. we believe anyone has the right to know.