Leonardo Nicoletti

Leonardo Nicoletti

Master Student of Engineering and Policy Analysis

Delft University of Technology

I have a keen interest in understanding cities and the societal mechanisms that shape them over time. With experience in regional planning, I have worked in urban analytics within the context of the greater Vancouver region, which is facing the conflicting pressures of sea level rise, urban densification, widespread homelessness, and a real estate crisis. In this context, I have mapped and quantified region-wide environmental indicators, modelled future land use trends, and forecasted future loss in forest biomass as a result of urban development. This work was instrumental in informing higher level decision making in the context of regional growth policies.

As a master student in Engineering and Policy Analysis at TU Delft, I am now applying data science and modelling techniques to inform public policy with regards to societal challenges. I hope to specialize in data science within the context of urban systems and urban policy. As data driven solutions to urban challenges are transforming traditional systems of urban governance, I am excited to utilize such technologies to help design policies for resilient and livable cities.

Aside from my academic path, I have a passion for street and documentary photography. Most recently, I have worked as a documentary photographer on the topic of homelessness and drug addiction in Vancouver, BC. The objective of this work was to build a story of homelessness in the Greater Vancouver Region through a collaborative community-based research approach using photography and written documentary, as a way of capturing the images and stories of those who are living at the heart of the current opioid epidemic.


  • Urban Analytics
  • Data Science and Visualisation
  • Regional Policy / Planning
  • Scenario and Long Range Planning
  • Urban Resilience
  • Social Inclusion / Fairness
  • Urban Mobility


  • MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis, 2021

    Delft University of Technology

  • Bachelor of Urban Forestry, Minor in Landscape and Recreation Planning, 2018

    University of British Columbia