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Rafael Prieto Curiel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford / UCL CASA, working on urban dynamics at the Peak Urban project.

I was a Conacyt Scholar (which means I was sponsored to study by the Mexican Government) and thanks to them I studied an MSc in Statistics and a PhD at University College London UCL in Maths and Security and Crime.

I studied Applied Mathematics at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ITAM. I worked in the Emergency Attention Centre from Mexico City (C5) where I was the Director of Strategic Analysis. My work consisted basically of crime forecasting and police and resources allocation.

Also, I currently work for the OECD, where I am doing a spatial and demographic analysis of West African cities.

I am very interested in Science and Maths communication. When I was an undergraduate student, I directed Laberintos e Infinitos, a Maths magazine. When I started my PhD at UCL, I founded Chalkdust, a Maths magazine. I also founded Punto Decimal MX, a science communication website. In total, I have published 11 editions of a maths magazine, with nearly 30,000 printed copies and edited nearly 500 articles by more than 200 authors.


  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


  • 2018 
    University College London, PhD in Mathematics, Crime and Security
  • 2014 
    University College London, MSc in Statistics