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

I am a specialist on governing for urban sustainability. I have researched a wide variety of policy domains relevant to urban sustainability, including most recently urban energy. Conceptually I have used network metaphors to understand processes of governing, including social capital, as well as deploying discourse analysis. Over recent years, I have been exploring the contribution of socio-technical studies to understanding governing for urban sustainability. This has led to an emphasis on the construction of knowledge within planning processes, the role of classificatory systems (such as BREEAM and sustainability indicators) and the implications of socio-materiality (for example, within the assemblages and financial models of urban energy initiatives).

Research outputs

Public engagement in decision-making on major wind energy projects 2015 Rydin Y,Lee M,Lock SJ
The Materiality of Public Participation: the case of community consultation on spatial planning for North Northamptonshire, England 2015 Rydin Y,Natarajan LC
The challenges of the “material turn” for planning studies 2014 Rydin Y
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
Neighbourhood Sustainability Frameworks - A Literature Review 2014 Sullivan LJ,Rydin Y,Buchanan C
Energy in the locality: a case for local understanding and action. 2014 Turcu C,Rydin, Y ,Pilkey B
Communities, networks and social capital 2014 Rydin YJ
Sustainable Cities and Local Sustainability 2013 Rydin YJ
Mapping the co-evolution of urban energy systems: pathways of change 2013 Rydin YJ,Turcu C,Guy S,Austin P
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Research activities

Challenging Lock-in through Urban Energy Systems (CLUES)
Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index
NSIPs - evidence & publics in low carbon energy decisions