Dr Zara Shabrina joined the Geography Department at King's College London in November 2019 as a Lecturer in Geographic Data Science. Prior to joining King’s, she completed her PhD from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London (2019). She is trained as an urban planner with a focus on urban analytics. She holds an MUP / Master in Urban Planning degree from the University of Southern California, USA (2013) and BEng from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (2011).
Her research interests draw within the implementation of quantitative methods on topics related to platform urbanism, urban tourism, and housing. Her main research focus is on the possible disruptions from the rapid adaptation of digital platforms in cities using various spatial analysis methods and predictive modelling, where she has been working mainly on the case of Airbnb in various cities.
In her previous research, Zara has implemented various analytical tools and predictive models including spatio-temporal analysis, geographically weighted regression, entropy statistic and gravity-spatial interaction model in analysing the possible impacts of the platform economy in cities.
Zara welcomes expression of interests from potential PhD students in research related to the following areas:
- Quantification of the socio-economic impact of online platform economy adaptation in cities
- Accessibility study and spatial interaction modelling
- Digital economy and platform inequality in developed and developing countries
- Social media data mining, analysis and visualisation
See Zara's research profile