We are a small team of dedicated professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. Alasdair is also a founding member of the BuiltPlace group – a collection of built environment experts with significant experience in housing, commercial property, data analytics and research. Here at Automatic Knowledge Ltd, we have the capacity to take on all kinds of projects, from small pieces of analysis, to large-scale research.

Alasdair Rae

Alasdair Rae


Alasdair founded Automatic Knowledge in 2019 and began working full time on the company in 2020. He was previously a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. He blogs at

Twitter: @undertheraedar

Elvis Nyanzu

Senior Associate

Elvis is an experienced spatial data analyst with a PhD in urban studies from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Real Estate Finance from the University of Aberdeen. He has worked on many high profile projects and has particular expertise in GIS, deprivation, housing, neighbourhoods and inequality.

Twitter: @elvisnyanzu

Philip Brown

Senior Associate

Philip has a wide range of experience in town planning and the built environment, expertise on large projects, and a track record of delivery. Most recently, he served as Research Associate for the UK2070 Commission. He has a BA and an MPlan from the University of Sheffield.

Twitter: @BrownPhilip