Dr Mario Gutierrez-Roig

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr Mario Gutierrez-Roig



I'm a Lecturer in Data Science at University of Essex. I received his PhD in Physics at University of Barcelona in 2016. My research focuses on using data science and computational social science methodologies to understand and model human behaviour and its dynamics at the collective level, particularly in the context of both urban and online environments. This allows me to closely collaborate with policy stakeholders, local councils and private companies wanting to embed these methodologies within their core business and data analyses.


  • PhD in Physics University of Barcelona,

  • MSc in Copmutational Physics Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,

  • BSc in Physics Autonomous University of Barcelona,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Data Science, Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex (1/4/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (1/2/2016 - 31/7/2020)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioural Science Group, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (22/8/2016 - 31/3/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Spatial analysis

Open to supervise

Urban analytics

Open to supervise

Complex Systems

Open to supervise

Computational Social Science

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning with applications (MA336)

  • Professional Placement (MA911)


Journal articles (11)

Botta, F. and Gutiérrez-Roig, M., (2021). Modelling urban vibrancy with mobile phone and OpenStreetMap data. PLOS ONE. 16 (6), e0252015-e0252015

Law, S., Seresinhe, CI., Shen, Y. and Gutierrez-Roig, M., (2020). Street-Frontage-Net: urban image classification using deep convolutional neural networks. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 34 (4), 681-707

Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Borge-Holthoefer, J., Arenas, A. and Perelló, J., (2019). Mapping individual behavior in financial markets: synchronization and anticipation. EPJ Data Science. 8 (1)

Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Gómez-Puche, M., McLaughlin, R., Silva, F. and Lozano, S., (2019). Palaeodemographic modelling supports a population bottleneck during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in Iberia.. Nature Communications. 10 (1), 1872-

Vicens, J., Bueno-Guerra, N., Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Gracia-Lázaro, C., Gómez-Gardeñes, J., Perelló, J., Sánchez, A., Moreno, Y. and Duch, J., (2018). Resource heterogeneity leads to unjust effort distribution in climate change mitigation. PLoS One. 13 (10), e0204369-e0204369

Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Segura, C., Duch, J. and Perelló, J., (2016). Market Imitation and Win-Stay Lose-Shift Strategies Emerge as Unintended Patterns in Market Direction Guesses.. PLoS One. 11 (8), e0159078-e0159078

Poncela-Casasnovas, J., Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Gracia-Lázaro, C., Vicens, J., Gómez-Gardeñes, J., Perelló, J., Moreno, Y., Duch, J. and Sánchez, A., (2016). Humans display a reduced set of consistent behavioral phenotypes in dyadic games.. Science Advances. 2 (8), e1600451-

Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Sagarra, O., Oltra, A., Palmer, JRB., Bartumeus, F., Díaz-Guilera, A. and Perelló, J., (2016). Active and reactive behaviour in human mobility: the influence of attraction points on pedestrians.. Royal Society Open Science. 3 (7), 160177-160177

Sagarra, O., Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Bonhoure, I. and Perelló, J., (2016). Citizen Science Practices for Computational Social Science Research: The Conceptualization of Pop-Up Experiments. Frontiers in Physics. 3 (JAN)

Gutiérrez-Roig, M., Gracia-Lázaro, C., Perelló, J., Moreno, Y. and Sánchez, A., (2014). Transition from reciprocal cooperation to persistent behaviour in social dilemmas at the end of adolescence.. Nature Communications. 5 (1), 4362-

Perelló, J., Gutiérrez-Roig, M. and Masoliver, J., (2011). Scaling properties and universality of first-passage-time probabilities in financial markets.. Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 84 (6 Pt 2), 066110-

Reports and Papers (1)

Gutiérrez-Roig, M. and Perelló, J., (2013). Volatility polarization of non-specialized investors' heterogeneous activity

Grants and funding


Strike KTP Application

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board)

+44 (0) 1206 876293


2.524, Colchester Campus