About me

Ransford_2I am a Presidential Academic Fellow in Future Cities at The University of Manchester (UK). At Manchester, I am in the Department of Planning and Environmental Management (PEM) within the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED). I am also affiliated with the Spatial Policy Analysis (SPA) Lab and the Manchester Urban Institute (MUI).

I was born in Ghana (West Africa), where I earned my BSc. in Human Settlement Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2010.  After a year serving as a Teaching Assistant at KNUST’s Department of Planning, I moved to the UK , first to study for an MPhil in Planning and Regeneration and later for my PhD, which I completed in 2017. I pursued both degrees at the Department of Land Economy of the University of Cambridge (Jesus College), UK.  

Between August 2017 and October 2018, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland on the Irish Research Council (IRC)-Funded project, Surpass—how shared autonomous cars will transform citiesI have also contributed to planning-related projects for national and international organizations, including as a research consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Town and Country  Planning Department in Ghana.

My research focuses on the nexus between spatial development and transportation. Themes covered in my research include, Land Use and Transport Interaction (LUTI) modelling, applying microscopic modelling and dynamic simulation approaches to explore how urban spatial structure co-evolves with mobility patterns; socio-spatial impacts of emerging mobility paradigms such as autonomous transport and shared-mobility services; and travel behaviours, focusing on the interaction between built-environment and psychological factors in sustainable mobility choices such as bicycling and walking in cities. The main approaches I deploy in my research are from the quantitative social sciences and include Agent-Based Modelling (ABM), Geospatial Data Analysis techniques, System Dynamics and Multi-Criteria Foresight methodologies and Structural Equation Modelling (SEM).

I am happy to discuss possible joint research projects in these areas. Post-graduate students who are interested in pursuing research with me in the aforementioned areas should feel free to contact me; you may send a 2-5 page proposal outlining the research background, objectives/questions to be addressed, methodology, including data sources and expected outcomes and impact of the research.

Research Interests

  • Smart mobility and socio-spatial equity in cities: autonomous transport, car-sharing, bike-sharing;
  • Land use and transport interaction;
  • Active/Non-motorized transport and the built-environment: walking and cycling;
  • Spatial planning: comparative analysis of planning systems, multi-level policy integration

Methodologies applied 

Quantitative social science methodologies including;

  • Agent-Based Modelling and Geospatial Data Analysis techniques;
  • System Dynamics and Multi-criteria Foresight methodologies applied to Decision Support Systems;
  • Multivariate statistics such as Structural Equation Modelling


  • 2017: PhD, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2012: MPhil Planning and Regeneration, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2010: BSc(Hons)Human Settlement Planning, KNUST, Ghana


  • Nov 2018: Presidential Academic Fellow, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2017-2018: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2012-2013: Land Use Planner (Consultant), COWI, Accra Ghana
  • 2010-2011: Teaching Assistant, Department of Planning, KNUST, Ghana