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Dr Clare Melhuish

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Clare Melhuish

Dr Clare Melhuish is Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory, a cross-disciplinary centre for research, teaching and public engagement on cities and urbanisation.

Since 2013, as a Senior Research Associate she has conducted comparative research and undertaken case studies on university-led urban regeneration to inform UCL's plans for the development of a new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (UCL East). She is also a cluster leader of the Curating the City project as part of the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies at UCL, in partnership with the University of Gothenburg.

Dr Melhuish is an anthropologist specialising in architecture and the built environment, including Modern Movement architectural heritage and social identity; domestic space and cultures; ethnographic research and urban design and regeneration; and the ethnography of architectural design practice.

Prior to joining the Urban Lab she was Research Associate in Geography at The Open University on the ESRC-funded project ‘Architectural atmospheres: the role of digital visualising technologies in contemporary architectural practice’, which involved a multi-sited ethnography of urban design practice in London and Doha; and co-developer of the cross-disciplinary research project Caribbean Urban Aesthetics at the OU. She has also worked extensively outside academia as an architecture critic, author and curator.

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