Session 9

Utilitarian models & urban resource allocation

About this event

Somwrita Sarkar will present the utilitarian model assumptions and their impact on how resource allocation is approached in urban studies and planning.

Reflecting on the philosophical underpinnings of utility and its mathematical formalism, she will discuss the consequences of its circulation on the consideration of space in urban models and on the relationship between their policy recommendations and socio-spatial inequality.

Date and time

Mon, 13 June 2022

10:00 – 11:30 CEST

Somwrita Sarkar

Somwrita is an Urban Science researcher studying spatial and socio-economic inequalities in cities. Her work informs urban planning and policy by employing methods from spatial data science and modeling, geography, economics, physics, and complex systems science. She leads the Urban Science Lab and is a member of the Transport Lab, Urban Housing Lab, Smart Urbanism Lab, and the Centre for Complex Systems at the University of Sydney. She serves on the Editorial Board of Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science and as the Editor for Urban Findings.