Andrew Crooks is an associate professor of Computational Social Science with a joint appointment between the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science, which are part of the College of Science. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, obtaining a BSc in Geology and Physical Geography and an MSc in Geographical Information Science. Prior to starting his Ph.D. at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, Prof. Crooks worked as a research and information officer for the social work department of Edinburgh City Council. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled "Experimenting with Cities: Utilizing Agent-Based Models and GIS to Explore Urban Dynamics." This research investigated the potential of integrating GIS and agent-based models, thus providing the ability to link agents to actual "real" world places.
Since completion of his Ph.D. and before joining George Mason University, Andrew held the position of " Greater London Authority GLA Economics Research Fellow in Urban Systems" at CASA, where he continued to develop geographical explicit agent-based models while exploring and developing various other GIS applications and models focused around London. Andrew is the author of an online blog entitled "GIS and Agent-Based Modeling," which highlights his current work and research interests which relate to exploring, understanding and the communication of the physical and socio-economic environments using GIS, spatial analysis, geovisualization, agent-based modeling and social network analysis (SNA) methodologies. More recently, he co-authored "Agent-Based Modelling and Geographical Information Systems: A Practical Primer."