Debraj Roy is an Assistant professor at the Computational Science Lab, University of Amsterdam. He is also a guest researcher at the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM) at the Faculty of Behavioural, Social and Management Science, University of Twente. Debraj is part of the vibrant group of 18 early career researchers across 4 Dutch technical universities supported by the 4TU.DeSIRE - the Strategic Research Program on Resilience, the Netherlands.  Debraj holds a PhD degree in Computational Social Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has two years of postdoctoral research experience at the University of Amsterdam. 


Debraj has a strong passion for understanding how cities ‘emerge’ due to uncoordinated self-organization and how inequality is shaped in this era of rapid urbanization. His current research focuses on understanding the dynamics of poverty traps and on the development of novel computational methods for designing poverty alleviation pathways through regime-shifts. His previous research presented the first step towards a new generation of computational tools that uses complex systems theory and participatory demographic surveys in the management of informal settlements on the Global South. At CSTM, Debraj also studies the nexus between climate change and poverty traps - whether climate change could widen or deepen poverty traps.

He has been active in the open exchange of data and models for the scientific community and dissemination of research results to the general public (Open Science). In this page, you can see his current projects and research interests.



2003 - 2007

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Bachelor of Engineering

Urban Complexity

Strategy-making in a relational world.

Complex Systems Theory

Order, complexity and Chaos

2012 - 2016

Nanyang Technological University

Doctor of Philosophy

Agent-Based Modelling

Modelling your world bottom-up.

2016 - 2019

University of Amsterdam

Postdoctoral Researcher

Population Dynamics

Segregation, migration, inequality and identities.