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 urban sustainability. I am interested in a range of policy issues that contribute to the sustainability agenda including urban planning, energy, construction and design, green space management, etc. I draw on a range of methodological tools, including social network analysis and discourse analysis, and am interested in conceptual approaches drawing on socio-technical studies and actor-network theory as well as governance and social capital theories.

Research outputs

"Nuclear energy sounded wonderful 40 years ago": UK citizen views on CCS 2014 Lock SJ,Smallman M,Lee M,Rydin Y
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
Communities, networks and social capital 2014 Rydin YJ
Sustainable city education: the pedagogical challenge of mobile knowledge and situated learning 2014 MOORE S,Rydin Y,Garcia B
Mapping the co-evolution of urban energy systems: pathways of change 2013 Rydin YJ,Turcu C,Guy S,Austin P
Sustainable Cities and Local Sustainability 2013 Rydin YJ
The issue network of zero carbon built environments: a quantitative and qualitative analysis 2013 Rydin YJ
What can social capital tell us about planning under Localism? 2013 Rydin YJ,Holman NE
The Future of Planning 2013 Rydin Y
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Research activities

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