Leonardo Castro Gonzalez

Leonardo Castro Gonzalez


Research Assistant


Leonardo is in his last year of his PhD at the Economics Department of the University of Birmingham (expected graduation October 2022). After doing his BSc in Physics (UNAM - Mexico) and his MSc in Complex Systems Modelling (King’s College London), Leonardo started his PhD in Behavioural Data Science. During the latter, he has worked in three different security and cyber-security projects involving illicit drugs distribution in England (county line models) and cyber security culture in companies.

From September 2019 to October 2021, Leonardo was a visiting student at the Urban Analytics Programme at The Alan Turing institute. In May 2022, he came back to the Turing as a Research Assistant at the Shocks and Resilience project. In May 2023, he is expected to start working at the Policy Modelling Team of the public policy programme.

Research interests

Leonardo’s research interests are Complex Systems (both theoretical and applied), Computational Social Sciences, Natural Language Processing, Behavioural Data Science and Heterodox Economic Models. He also enjoys reading and researching about Urban Sciences, Quantitative Geography and History. His work is always complemented with Philosophy and Ethics of Science. Finally, he enjoys reading about conspiracy theories that have influenced the political or social behaviour of a given group of people. He has a particular interest in conspiracy theories involving aliens, although those seem more difficult to validate.