Sean Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Global Development at the University of Bristol. Prior to joining Bristol he was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics, where he completed his PhD. He is co-author of the book Cities and Development (Routledge 2016) and is currently PI of the Quantifying Cities for Sustainable Development project, which is funded by the ESRC Transformative Research scheme. He has served as an advisor on urban development issues for organisations such as DfID, UN-HABITAT, UNECA, and the World Bank and is currently a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute.

Research interests

Dr Fox's research for The Alan Turing Institute focuses on developing methods to identify urban areas using remotely sensed images and then linking this data to information on political and administrative institutions and processes. The goals is to develop a global data set of cities and urban regions defined by de facto boundaries rather than the formal ones reflected in administrative data. This will facilitate research into urban governance processes, particularly in data sparse environments.