Antoine Peris

PhD student



I am developing a new method to gain a better understanding of urban networks using Internet data. My dissertation project aims to derive relevant spatial information from unstructured data and to compare and combine them with more classical data sources and models of intercity relations. I graduated in 2016 from a Master in Geography, Regional Science, Modelling and Epistemology at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Duco de Vos

PhD student




I am working on a PhD project about the spatial extent of agglomeration externalities. I have a bachelor degree in economics obtained at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and a master degree in spatial- and transport economics obtained at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. My current research deals with the effects of information technology on the geographical extent of what once where quintessentially urban benefits, such as a wide variety of restaurants and employment opportunities. I am also interested in the economic effects of housing-, and infrastructure policies in general.

Evert Meijers

Associate professor



I am lucky to lead this team of very talented and enthusiastic people. I was educated as a policy scientist and urban planner at Radboud University Nijmegen, did a PhD in geography and urban development at Delft University of Technology, and I combine these research fields with strong interests in regional science, transportation, history, environmental psychology and cultural geography. Let's just call it urban studies...



Rodrigo Cardoso




I graduated in Architecture at University of Porto. After some years of private practice I entered academia again and completed the Masters Programme in Architecture and Urban Studies at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. I then did my PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) in London with a thesis project about metropolisation processes in European second-tier urban regions. I have been expanding that research line to explore the components, triggers and features of metropolisation. I have published in peer-reviewed journals about metropolitan regions, second-tier cities and other topics related to my passion for cities.




Chiara Agnoletti

Visiting researcher



Chiara has joined us as a guest researcher. She works as a researcher at the IRPET · Regional Institute for Economic Planning of Tuscany in Florence, Italy. She is also developing a PhD thesis in Territorial and Urban planning at the University of Florence under the supervision of Camilla Perrone and Roberto Camagni. Her PhD thesis is about the spatial organization of the settlement system in Tuscany, in particular focusing on functional linkages between the cities.



The big data student support team

Bachelor students computer science



Four very talented TU Delft computer science students - Marko Malis, Piet van Agtmaal, Gijs Reichert and Tom Brunner - have joined my team to carry out their bachelor thesis project. Antoine, I and the team are jointly developing a new way to measure relationships between cities, proxied by the co-occurence of place names on the Web.


We would be pleased to welcome new colleagues that share our research interests! For instance Marie Curie Fellows, new postdocs or PhDs, and we are happy to host guest researchers!