Dr Daniel Arribas-Bel

Dr Daniel Arribas-Bel

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Human Geography

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Arribas-Bel is interested in the intersection between quantitative spatial methods, urban analysis from the Social Sciences and new sources of data. His research focuses on how the computational advances of our age, combined with powerful statistical methodologies, can further our understanding of cities in general and their spatial structure in particular. That is, how new developments in software, hardware and data allow us to analyse the spatial dimension of employment, residence and other activities for which cities exist, ultimately helping to improve city life.

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PhD (2010), Msc (2008), Bachelors (2006) in Economics


Dr Arribas-Bel obtained his PhD. In Economics from Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) in December 2010 with a dissertation entitled “Essays on the distribution and spatial structure of cities”. He joined the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation in 2011 as a postdoctoral researcher under Luc Anselin’s supervision to work on spatial econometric techniques and their implementation in the PySAL and GeoDaSpace software packages. In June 2012, he accepted a postdoctoral position at Department of Spatial Economics of the VU University in Amsterdam to work under Professor Peter Nijkamp’s supervision.

Postgraduate supervision

Areas of interest for PhD supervision:

  • Quantitative spatial methods for the Social Sciences (Exploratory spatial data analysis, spatial econometrics).
  • Measurement, causes and consequences of urban spatial structure.
  • Data intensive urban applications.


Research interests

Spatial analysis and spatial econometrics; open source scientific computing; Urban and Economic geography; Regional Science.

Other activities

Dr. Arribas-Bel is a research associate at the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at Arizona State University and of the ADETRE research group at Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). He is also part of the development team of the scientific software project PySAL and an active member of the Regional Science community in Europe and the United States.