Sir Alan Wilson FBA, FAcSS, FRS is Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He is Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council and of the Lead Expert Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight Project on The Future of Cities. He writes the weekly Quaestio blog on research and interdisciplinarity.

He was responsible for the introduction of a number of model building techniques which are now in common use internationally – such as the use of ‘entropy’ in building spatial interaction models – summarised in Entropy in urban and regional modelling. He rigorously deployed accounts’ concepts in demography and economic modelling and is now working with dynamical systems theory to model the evolution of urban structure. His current research, supported by ESRC and EPSRC grants, is on the evolution of cities and the dynamics of global trade, migration, security and development aid.

He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1991 to 2004 when he became Director-General for Higher Education in the then DfES. From 2007-2013 he was Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is a Member of Academia Europaea, an FBA, an FAcSS and an FRS. He was knighted in 2001. His recent books include Knowledge power (2010), The science of cities and regions (2012), his five volume (edited here) Urban modelling (2012) and (with Joel Dearden) Explorations in urban and regional dynamics (2015).

 Alan is the co-author of Explorations in Urban and Regional Dynamics, published by Routledge in April 2015. Click here for more information.





Employment Locations in Cities and Regions: Models and Applications, was published by Springer in December 2012. Click here for more information.




Urban Modelling: Critical Concepts in Urban Studies (Volumes 1-5) was published by Routledge in September 2012. Click here for more information.




The Science of Cities and Regions: Lectures on Mathematical Model Design, was published by Springer in January 2012. Click here for more information.





Knowledge Power: Interdisciplinary Education for a complex world, was published by Routledge in February 2011. Click here for more information.

3 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Dear Professor Wilson

    We met last night at the Prospect Meeting in Manchester and you stress the importance of land values in determining the (dare I say it) the prospect for the future of cities. I checked you publication list but could find nothing that pointed me directly. I am reasonably maths literate and and familiar with systems approaches. Is there a good overview?


    1. Dear Adelmo,

      Knowledge Power: Interdisciplinary Education for a Complex World, can be purchased or downloaded from Amazon

      Kind regards,

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