Naru Shiode is Reader in Geocomputation and Spatial Analysis in the Department of Geography at King's College London.
He has previously worked in the fields of spatial analysis and GIS at the University of Warwick, University College London, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Cardiff University. He holds BEng and MEng degrees in urban and regional analysis from University of Tokyo and worked on his PhD at UCL on the analysis of digital cities and information space.
Naru has published widely in the fields of GIS & geo-visualisation, urban & regional analysis, and geographies of information & digital cities. He has an active interest in the quantitative appreciation of how socio-economic activities unfold within an urban context over space and time. His current research focuses on the development of network-based methods for exploring the dynamics of urban landscape, urban risks and spatial inequality with the aim of improving the safety and welfare of the urban environment. Their applications range from analyses of crime and traffic accidents to those of ageing communities and ethnically diverse communities, many of which are carried out in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners including local governments, police forces and the retail sector.