Prof Yvonne Rydin

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I have been at UCL since 2006. Before that I was at the LSE in the Department of Geography and Environment for 16 years. Prior to that I taught at the University of East London (Departments of Applied Economics and Land Mangement) and De Montfort University (School of Land and Building Studies). I have a BA in Land Economy (with Economics Part 1) and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning Studies. I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an accredited Mediator.

Research Summary

My research focuses on governance for sustainability, particularly at the urban and neighbourhood scales. In the past I have researched residential development, urban green space management, countryside management, transport planning, air quality management and control of retail development. There are currently two overlapping strands within my research. For the last few years I have been working on governance and energy. The CLUES project ( looked at urban energy initiatives while a project jointly with Laws and Science & Technology Studies has considered decision-making for major wind infrastructure. Another research focus here is local planning for low carbon developments, both commercial and residential. The second strand concerns the interface between knowledge and planning, and how such knowledge is co-constructed through plan-making, regulation of development and the use of sustainability indicators and classificatory systems such as BREEAM. Most recently I have been looking at how such knowledge is co-constructed within property markets, particularly prime and non-prime commercial property markets. Key conceptual resources that I draw on are Actor-Network Theory, assemblage thinking and the new economic sociology, in addition to more traditional governance theories.

Research outputs

The Financial Entanglements of Local Energy Projects 2014 Rydin YJ
Sustainable city education: the pedagogical challenge of mobile knowledge and situated learning 2014 MOORE S,Rydin Y,Garcia B
Communities, networks and social capital 2014 Rydin YJ
Energy in the locality: a case for local understanding and action. 2014 Turcu C,Rydin, Y ,Pilkey B
Neighbourhood Sustainability Frameworks - A Literature Review 2014 Sullivan LJ,Rydin Y,Buchanan C
No limites to imagining London's future 2013 Rydin YJ,Myerson G
"Nuclear energy sounded wonderful 40 years ago": UK citizen views on CCS 2013 Lock SJ,Smallman M,Lee M,Rydin Y
Sustainable Cities and Local Sustainability 2013 Rydin YJ
The Future of Planning 2013 Rydin Y
Using Actor-Network Theory to understand planning practice: exploring relationships between actants in regulating low carbon commercial development 2013 Rydin YJ
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Research activities

Challenging Lock-in through Urban Energy Systems (CLUES)
Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index