Debraj Roy

Assistant professor


Debraj Roy is an Assistant professor at the Computational Science Lab, University of Amsterdam. He 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. Debraj also studies  the nexus between climate change and poverty traps – whether climate change could widen or deepen poverty traps.

Debraj loves nature and trekking up a mountain genuinely makes him happy.  Photography has always been one of his favorite hobbies


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2020- Present
Assistant Professor, Computational Science Lab, University of Amsterdam
2019 - 2021
Assistant Professor, Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente
July 2017 - August 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Science Lab, University of Amsterdam
2012 - 2017
Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
July 2007 -July 2012
Scientific Programmer, Transportation & Logistics, Infosys Technologies, Canada