Ms Rita Lambert

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Rita Lambert is a teaching fellow at the Development Planning Unit, UCL, where she is primarily engaged in the planning and delivery of the practice module of the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development. She is also a researcher on the DPU project ‘The Heuristics of mapping urban environmental change’ (

Originally from Ethiopia, she undertook her university studies in Edinburgh and London. She graduated from the Architectural Association in London, where she later taught for 4 years in the final years of the Diploma in Architecture.  In 2009, she studied in the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development, at the Development Planning Unit , UCL.
Prior to joining the Development Planning Unit, Rita has worked as an architect for 8 years for several leading international firms in New York and in the UK. During that period she was involved on a number of large scale regeneration projects,as well as several public and private buildings. She has also acted as a consultant, for a number of non profit organisations on the planning and delivery of development projects in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

Her particular interest lies in mapping, as a tool which can be adopted by ordinary citizens to navigate institutional barriers and expand the room for manoeuvre towards environmentally just urbanisation.


Research Summary

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Research outputs

Mapping for Environmental Justice: An Assessment of the Power of Maps in Karachi's Informal Settlements 2015 Lambert RC
Mapping to Disrupt unjust urban trajectories 2015 Lambert RC,Allen A
Can participatory mapping activate spatial and political practices? Mapping popular resistance and dwelling practices in Bogotá eastern hills 2015 Allen A,Lambert R,Apsan Frediani A,Ome T
Trajectories of change: Land, Urbanisation and Urban Agriculture in Accra 2012 Allen AE, Von Bertrab E, Frediani A, Lambert R, Hofmann P, Wood-Hill M
Looking Back Looking Forward -DPU 60 - Lambert RC

Research activities

Disrupting urban ‘risk traps’. Bridging finance and knowledge for climate resilient infrastructural planning in Lima
Mapping beyond the palimpsest
The heuristics of mapping urban environmental change
Urban Africa Risk Knowledge: Investigating urbanisation, poverty and disaster risk in sub-Saharan Africa