Dr. Crooks is a Professor in the department of Geography and RENEW Faculty. His research interests include Geographical Information Science, Geocomputation, Agent-based modeling, Social Network Analysis, Urban Geography, and Computational Social Science.
Prior to joining the RENEW Institute and the Department of Geography at the University of Buffalo as a Professor, Dr Andrew Crooks was an Associate Professor of Computational Social Science at George Mason University. Dr. Crooks received his PhD in Geography from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London in 2007. His education also includes a Master’s of Science in Geographical Information Science (GIS) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology and Physical Geography both from the University of Edinburgh.
His research focuses on exploring and understanding the natural and socio-economic environments specifically urban areas using GIS, spatial analysis, social network analysis and agent-based modeling methodologies. To date, Dr. Crooks has been PI and Co-PI on over $5,000,000 worth of external grants from a variety of funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Currently Dr. Crooks is a co-editor of the journal “Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science” and has recently published a book entitled "Agent-Based Modelling and Geographical Information Systems: A Practical Primer." For more information about Dr. Crooks please see his research website www.gisagents.org.