Dr Sarah Bell is based in the Department of Civil and Geomatic Engineering. Her research interests lie in the relationships between engineering, technology and society as they impact on sustainability, particularly in relation to urban water systems. Sarah is also co-director of the UCL Environment institute, with responsibility for the Water Initiative. In 2007, Sarah received, the ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. She works in collaboration with partners including Thames Water, Waterwise the London Sustainability Exchange, Arup and WWF.
Dr Claire Colomb is a sociologist and planner and Lecturer in Urban Sociology and European Spatial Planning. Her research interests cover urban sociology, urban policy, planning and regeneration and European cities as well as European spatial planning and regional policy.
Michael Edwards is Senior Lecturer in the economics of planning and member of the UCL Urban Lab steering committee. His research interests centre on rent theory and the interplay of urban planning with property development processes, mainly in London and other European cities. He is active in the International Network for Urban Research and Action, of which he was a founder member.
Professor Michael Hebbert's central interest is the history of planning thought and its mutations in time and space. It has led into wealth of research topics â€“ land policy in Japan, economic regionalism in Spain, street architecture in Manchester, railway station design, the history of wind and ventilation, the idea of the garden city, London and its government, collective memory of urban space, and much else besides.
Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith is Director, Head of Department and Deputy Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). With a research focus on location based digital technologies he has been at the forefront of web 2.0 technologies for communication, outreach and developing a unique contribution to knowledge. His contribution to knowledge and outreach in the fields of digital geography, urban planning and the built environment have been wide ranging with an impact strategy focused on policy, outreach and the public understanding of science.
Dr Susan Moore is a Lecturer in Planning. Her research interests include the relational geographies of urban (and suburban) development and built form, with an emphasis placed on the social construction of best practice and sustainability policy. She is particularly interested in the increasing role of private development and building interests in the co-ordination and implementation of normative urban planning and design-related policies.
Professor Nick Phelps is Professor of Urban and Regional Development and co-convenor of the Urban Studies MSc. His background is in urban and economic geography and planning. His research interests cover urban politics, the dynamics of suburban and edge urban development, multi-national companies and economic development and the role of the planning system in investment attraction.
Professor Yvonne Rydin is Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy and Director of the Environment Institute. Her research interests encompass institutionalist and discursive planning theory, planning for urban sustainability and urban governance. Recent projects have included work on sustainable construction, social capital and sustainability planning and sustainability indicators.
Professor Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning. He has published many papers on urban spatial structure, urban housing and land development, and is working on Chinese urbanism and urban development, urban and regional governance, urban poverty, and social spatial differentiation.