Dr Thomas Oléron Evans’s research interests include the modelling of global trade and migration, the application of game theory to security scenarios, such as the deployment of police during outbreaks of rioting, and the mathematical foundations that underlie computer simulations of social systems.
The use of computer modelling – and, more specifically, the use of agent-based techniques, in which every individual is modelled separately – has become increasingly widespread in the social sciences, but the mathematical basis for such models is often poorly developed and understood. Addressing this issue has been a key focus of Thomas’s recent research.
Prior to becoming a Teaching Fellow on the Smart Cities and Spatial Data courses, Thomas was a Research Associate at CASA, working on the ENFOLD-ing project. He gained a doctorate in Mathematics from UCL in June 2015 and has a Masters degree from Imperial College London, for which he spent a year studying at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. He is also an ambassador for the educational charity, Teach First, having spent two years teaching mathematics at Bow School in East London, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010.