Jose Rafael Verduzco Torres

Urban Big Data Centre

7 Lilybank Gardens, G12 8RZ, Glasgow


Research title: Valuing job Accessibility: The impact of mass transportation network on property prices in Mexico City

Research Summary

Research summary:

Rafael’s PhD research seeks to examine the distribution of the economic benefits generated by public transport infrastructure on real estate by making use of big data as well as open-source software. The project draws on the empirical case of Greater Mexico City, covering a period of over 10 years. The level of public transport service is quantified by a comprehensive set of accessibility measures, which are estimated based on the reconstruction of standardized transit itineraries (General Transit Feed Specification, GTFS) for the timespan studied. The property data is compiled from a variety of sources obtained from administrative transaction records and mortgage valuation records.

The expected contributions include methodological aspects, namely the appropriateness of accessibility measures, the possible benefits of the application of open-source software and big data to study this relationship, and the sensitivity to the spatial analytical unit (the modifiable areal unit problem), as well policy implications related to the potential to share the economic gains of the property market with the community at large.

Research interests:

  • Accessibility
  • Transport
  • Spatial analysis
  • Hedonic analysis
  • Land value capture



1. Verduzco Torres JR, Hong J, Mcarthur DP (2021). How do psychological, habitual and built environment factors influence cycling in a city with a well-connected cycling infrastructure influence cycling in a city with a well-connected cycling?. International Journal of Urban Sciences; 0(0):1–21. Available from:



Secretariat of Energy in Mexico and National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT-SENER)



Graduate Teaching Assistant in: 

  • Quantitative Data Analysis (SPS 5033)
  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (PUBPOL 4025)

Additional Information


  • Master of Architecture, Universidad de Colima
  • MSc in Urban Management and Development, Erasumus University Rotterdam


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, SPS, University of Glasgow,
  • Transport Project and Planning Coordinator. Transport Department – State Government of Colima, Mexico,
  • Mobility & Transport Researcher. Transport and Mobility Institute of Jalisco – State Government of Jalisco, Mexico.


For further details, please see Rafael's CV.