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I am a computational geographer with research interests in urban modelling and simulation, data visualisation, complexity science, serious games and GIS. Before joining Swansea University, I gained a PhD from University College London and a BEng Computing degree from Imperial College. My research findings appear in a wide variety of journals including IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Transactions in GIS and Geographical Analysis. I recently published a book entitled Explorations in Urban and Regional Dynamics covering the latest developments in dynamic urban modelling.

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban modelling and simulation
  • Data visualisation
  • Complexity science
  • Serious games
  • GIS


  1. Dearden, J., Wilson, A. Explorations in urban and regional dynamics: a case study in complexity science Routledge
  2. Dearden, J., Wilson, A. The Relationship of Dynamic Entropy Maximising and Agent-Based Approaches in Urban Modelling (Ed.), Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems 705 720 Springer Science & Business Media
  3. Dearden, J., Wilson, A., Dearden, J. Using Participatory Computer Simulation to Explore the Process of Urban Evolution Transactions in GIS 15 3 273 289
  4. Wilson, A., Dearden, J. Tracking the Evolution of the Populations of a System of Cities (Ed.), Population Dynamics and Projection Methods 209 222 Springer Science & Business Media
  5. Wilson, A., Dearden, J., Dearden, J. Phase transitions and path dependence in urban evolution Journal of Geographical Systems 13 1 1 16

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