My research is focused on quantifying spatial heterogeneities of social and physical conditions of built up environments using geospatial big data. I also study how the connectivity of urban fabric, from local to regional scales, contributes to the flourishing, resilience or vulnerability of human communities in the face of global threats. My research portfolio includes collaborative projects across multiple domains such as studying disease ecology and understanding the impact of different policies on urban flows and neighborhood change.


The existing of three hubs in a subset of the commuting network of Chicago demonstrates a scaling law that dictates how resources are distributed under competition. My research focuses on contextualizing this phenomenon in different research areas such as designing housing policies and studying the spread of infectious diseases. (Data credits: