Institute of Complex Systems
Universitat de Barcelona
Institute of Complex Systems
Universitat de Barcelona
Institute of Complex Systems
Universitat de Barcelona

Talks #Research groups

Seminar by Esteban Moro

Eduard Fontserè  2023-02-27 14:00:00

Title: Understanding urban networks resilience through behavioral mobility data.

Abstract: The economic and social progress of our urban areas, our institutions, and our jobs depend on the diversity and resilience of the social fabric in cities. Despite their importance, several major forces erode the diversity and strength of those social connections: from income or racial segregation to differences in education and job access. In this talk, I will present our recent work to understand the fragility of the complex network of social connections and interactions in cities through the analysis of behavioral mobility data and its relationship with networked inequalities in experienced segregation, access to healthy food, labor markets, or adaptation to the recent pandemic.


* Modelling the impact of testing, contact tracing and household quarantine on second waves of COVID-19 [NatHumBehavior].

* Universal resilience patterns in labor markets [NatCommunications]

* Mobility patterns are associated with experienced income segregation in large US cities [NatCommunications].

* You are where you eat: Effect of mobile food environments on fast food visits [medRxiv]


Esteban Moro is a researcher, data scientist, and professor at MIT Connection Science and Universidad Carlos III (UC3M) in Spain. He has published extensively throughout his career (more than 100 articles) and has led many projects funded by government agencies and private companies. Esteban’s work lies in the intersection of big data and computational social science, with particular attention to human dynamics, collective intelligence, social networks, and urban mobility in problems like viral marketing, natural disaster management, or economic segregation in cities. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the “Shared University Award” from IBM in 2007 for his research in modeling viral marketing in social networks and the “Excellence in Research” Awards in 2013 and 2015 from UC3M. Esteban’s work appeared in major journals, including Nature, PNAS, and Science Advances, and is regularly covered by media outlets The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and El País (Spain).